This Ethiopian sulphur spring is one of the hottest and most inhospitable places on Earth — and the photos are mesmerizing


Ethiopia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, including some striking sulphur — yes, sulphur — springs.

Earlier this month, award-winning photographer Carl Court visited one of these springs, located at the base of the Dallol Volcano.

The stunning site is roughly 600km north of the capital Addis Ababa, but many of the images don’t look like anywhere else on Earth. 

Dallol is the Earth’s lowest land volcano at 48 metres below sea level. Its last recorded eruption was back in 1926. The salt flats stretch for miles in all directions and in the far distance you can see high mountains, some of which are extinct volcanoes.

The district holds the current record for the highest average temperature of any inhabited place on Earth, which can regularly exceed 46 degrees Celsius.

Despite the heat, Ethiopian communities here continue the centuries-old tradition of mining salt from the ground by hand.

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from SAI