Geological Significance of Danakil:
Embedded in the horn of Africa, this region is popularly called the Afar Triangle - a geological depression that has resulted from the divergence of three tectonic plates. It has developed as a result of Africa and Asia moving apart, causing rifting and volcanic activity. Erosion, inundation by the sea, the rising and falling of the ground have all played their part in the formation of this depression.
When we were there, it seemed like we've come to another planet! Indeed, it's a place that seems more alien than Earth-like. There are volcanoes with bubbling lava lakes, multi-colored hydro-thermal fields, and great salt pans that dazzle the eyes. It's the hottest place on Earth, lies about 410 ft (125 m) below sea level and during the summer months, the temperature often goes up to as high as 55 degrees C.