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Salt sacks in Lake Assal, Djibouti | by Eric Lafforgue
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Salt sacks in Lake Assal, Djibouti

Lake Assal, aka the honey lake is a crater lake in Djibouti. It is located in the Gulf of Tadjoura, at the top of the Great Rift Valley. It is a saline lake which lies 155 m below sea level, making it the lowest point on land in Africa and the 3rd lowest land depression on Earth after the Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. Lake Assal is the world's largest salt reserve, which is presently exploited by companies. Very few camle caravans still come to bring back the salt in Ethiopia in the remote areas, like they did for centuries!


© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on January 1, 2000