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ERTA-ALE ACTIVE VOLCANO

 

Erta Ale is a continously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is in the depression, a desert area spanning the border with Eritrea, and the volcano itself is surrounded completely by an area below sea level, making it a relatively low-elevation volcano.

Erta Ale means "Smoking Mountain" in the local Afar language and its southern most pit is known locally as "the gateway to hell".

Erta Ale is formed almost entirely out of lave that was poured out of the volcano's crater. This is the most active volcano in Ethiopia and the world as well. Its height is 613m with one, or sometimes two, active lava lakes at the summit, which occasionally overflow on the south side of the mountain.

The single most impressive part of Erta Ale is its lava lake, which is notable for being the largest existing lava lake in the world. It has also cloured landscapes, incredible mineral deposits, sulphur lakes and bubbling sulphur springs.

This is a sight not to be missed by the adventurous travelers.

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