Ethiopia, January 2019

In my third trip to Ethiopia, I visited Guassa in the Ethiopian Highlands and Dallol in the Danakil Desert, close to the border with Eritrea.
3度目のエチオピア訪問では、エチオピア高地のグアサとダナキル砂漠のダロールを訪れた。

Guassa and Dallol in Ethiopia

The Guassa area ranges in altitude from 3,200 m to 3,700 m above sea level. It’s cold and often wet all year around, with an annual rainfall of 1,200 mm to 1,600 mm. Winter temperatures can fall to -10°C at night. The highlight of my visit this time was an encounter with an Ethiopian wolf, one of the rarest canids in the world and the most endangered carnivore in Africa.
グアサ地域は標高3200-3700メートル。一年を通して寒くて雨がち。年間降水量は1200-1600ミリ、冬の夜は零下10度まで気温が下がることもある。今回のハイライトは、絶滅の危機に晒されているエチオピアウルフに出会ったことだった。

Dallol is officially the hottest place on Earth, with the average temperature of 35°C (the record high is 49°C). I was there in the middle of winter, but the day temperature went up to 39°C! In Dallol, it rains only a few days a year. It is one of the lowest lands on the planet with the elevation of 130 m below sea level. Even the highest point – the top of the volcano, I guess – is 48 m below sea level.
ダロールは地球で最も暑いところ。年間平均気温35度。これまでの最高温度は49度を記録している。私が行った日は真冬だったにも関わらず、日中39度まで上がった。一年で雨が降るのはほんの数日という。標高も低く、海面下130m。一番高いところ(多分火山の頂上)でも海面下48m。

Its highly active hydrothermal system hosts numerous springs, terrace systems and fumaroles. A strong smell of sulphur assaults your nostrils. On the way, we passed a camel caravan transporting salt from Dallol.
炭酸カリウムの産地で、温泉や噴気孔がたくさんある。硫黄の臭いが鼻を突く。道すがら、ダロールの塩を運ぶラクダの隊商に出会った。

Ethiopian wolf, Guassa, Ethiopia, January 2019

Ethiopian wolves are endemic to Ethiopia, where they are restricted to just seven isolated enclaves in the country’s highlands. There are less than 400 adult individuals left in the wild. The largest population can be found in the Bale Mountains in southern Ethiopia with 120 to 160 individuals. Guassa, Ethiopia, January 2019.

Child in Egora village, Guassa, Ethiopia, January 2019

Child in Egora village, Guassa, Ethiopia, January 2019

Tiny bird, Guassa, Ethiopia, January 2019

Tiny bird, Guassa, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Road to Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

The background is a former Italian potassium chloride mine, now deserted. Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

The pH-value of the green acid ponds is less than 1. Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Numerous hot springs are discharging brine and acidic liquid. Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Small, widespread, temporary geysers produce cones of salt. Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Salt flats, Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

Boy playing with tyre, Hamedela village near Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019109116

Boy playing with tyre, Hamedela village near Dallol, Ethiopia, January 2019

 

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