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Slow approach of the Erta Ale volcano's lava lakes

Erta Ale dépression des Afars Afar Ethiopia

Collection Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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GoodPlanet / Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Aerialcollection

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Reference : ET1301-HM001908

Keywords : caldera Afars Africa Great Rift Irta'ale active activity aerial crater depression desert arid ertale geology isolated lake lava nature wall well valley volcano volcanism

Erta Ale is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area. Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.Erta Ale is 613 metres (2,011 ft) high, with one or sometimes two active lava lakes at the summit which occasionally overflow on the south side of the volcano. It is notable for holding the longest-existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century (1906). Volcanoes with lava lakes are very rare: there are only six in the world.Erta Ale means "smoking mountain" in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as "the gateway to Hell".