14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Dawn at Erta'ale
Mt Erta'ale is home to two lava lakes, of which only six are extant. It is located in the Afar depression, one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world. To escape the blistering 50+C daytime temperatures, we hiked up after nightfall.
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