May 16, 2018

"The surreal colors come from the sulphur, potash, and other minerals that saturate the Dallol hydrothermal field."

"It sits amid crusty salt plains in the Danakil Depression, a 3,800-square-mile bowl that dips more than 400 feet below sea level, thanks to three slowly separating tectonic plates. As those plates pull apart, hot springs bubble up into acidic pools that form ethereal crystals and pillars as the briny waters evaporate."

Photographs of Ethiopia (in Wired).

11 comments:

Caldwell Titcomb IV said...

3,800-square-mile bowl

The colorful part seems to be about a mile across, if you're generous. You could slip it into Yellowstone and they'd hardly notice.

MadisonMan said...

From the title, I thought this was originally going to be about the Rainbow Mountain in -- Peru? Somewhere in South America, anyway. That article was going around some a while back.

Nature is colorful. Imagine that!

mockturtle said...

No more colorful than the mine tailings in the Colorado River.

Roy Jacobsen said...

The video linked at the bottom of the page -- The Blue Lava of Indonesia -- is also well worth watching.

The Drill SGT said...

google Rainbow Springs Yellowstone

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=rainbow+springs+yellowstone&FORM=HDRSC2

Caldwell Titcomb IV said...

The Drill SGT said...
Rainbow Springs Yellowstone


Grand Prismatic Springs? (Thanks, I was trying to think of the names)

Compare this aerial view with the one linked above (same scale).

Michael McNeil said...

3,800 square miles is a bit larger than the established size of Yellowstone National Park, and just about exactly half the size of the State of Israel (or the state of New Jersey, same diff.).

wildswan said...

Part of this region is the area fought over in the Eritrean-Ethiopian war. And they were fighting about who gets to keep it, not who gets to make the other side take it.

Flat Tire said...

Fly Ranch Geyser, near Gerlach, Nevada

toxdoc said...

I know Jumbo will be glad that Africans can see natural wonders even nicer than those at Rainbow Hot Springs since black people are "banned" (or something like that) in U.S. National Parks

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