Erta Ale

Dallol in 2008

Dallol in 2008
After crossing Lake Asale from Ahmedela we arrive at Dallol.
Dallol in 2008
Hot water is now, contrary to 2002, emerging also in the salt lake; crater of the 1929 phreatic eruption.
Dallol in 2008
Within the crater is now a deeply blue lake covered by thin, floating salt crusts in fast convective motion from right to left.
Dallol in 2008
When a pond dries out strange salt "bushes" rising from the bottom indicate the former water level.
Dallol in 2008
Spectacularly green-coloured ponds below some active salt hornitos.
Dallol in 2008
Sometimes the salt fills cracks in the ground, creating green terraces "in suspension".
Dallol in 2008
Dario Tedesco from Napoli University taking gas samples.
Dallol in 2008
Minute orange mineral terraces seem like lace draped near this pond.
Dallol in 2008
An active hornito ejects water with plenty of minerals which form deposits mimicking a head covered by grey hair.
Dallol in 2008
Dozens of hornitos are active within a small area, together creating a symphony of whistles and puffing.
Dallol in 2008
Close-up of an egg-shaped salt deposit, caused by sublimation around a micro-fumarole.
Dallol in 2008
Sublimation from fumaroles causes salt to deposit in some strange shapes like branches in the wind.
Photos by Marco Fulle, taken with 16mm fisheye lens, 24-85mm zoom and digital single lens reflex camera.