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Mon Aug 7, 2017, 10:47 AM

In Earths hottest place, life has been found in pure acid

For the first time, scientists have found living microbes in the blistering hot springs of Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression.

By Jasmin Fox-Skelly
4 August 2017



In a surreal landscape of colours, dominated by luminescent ponds of yellows and greens, boiling hot water bubbles up like a cauldron, whilst poisonous chlorine and sulphur gases choke the air.

Known as the “gateway to hell”, the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is scorchingly hot and one of the most alien places on Earth. Yet a recent expedition to the region has found it is teeming with life.

In the heart of the Horn of Africa, the Danakil Depression is one of the most remote, inhospitable and least-studied locations in the world. It lies over 330ft (100m) below sea level in a volcanic area in north-west Ethiopia, close to the border with Eritrea, aptly named “Afar”. It is part of the East African Rift System, a place where the Earth’s internal forces are currently tearing apart three continental plates, creating new land.

The violent landscape is arguably the hottest place on the planet, and one of the driest. The temperature regularly reaches 45C (113F). It rarely rains, but seas of molten magma ooze just beneath the crust’s surface. There are two highly active volcanoes: one of them, Erta Ale, is one of only a handful of volcanoes to have an active, bubbling lava lake at its summit. The area is also littered with acid ponds and geysers, and features a deep crater called Dallol.

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Judi Lynn Aug 7 OP
Ilsa Aug 7 #1
Duppers Aug 7 #2
procon Aug 7 #3
Xipe Totec Aug 7 #4
procon Aug 7 #5
gilpo Aug 7 #6
Lucky Luciano Aug 8 #7
argyl Aug 8 #8
burrowowl Sunday #11
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spike jones 2 hrs ago #14

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 10:58 AM

1. I wonder if that will be the next nursery of

Life on planet Earth after we manage to kill everything through global climate change.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 11:56 AM

2. My first thought too. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 12:23 PM

3. That eerie landscape doesn't even look like it is on this planet. nt

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Response to procon (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 02:38 PM

4. The closest to that in the US is the Great Salt Lakes

Is it any wonder a certain sect was drawn to it? To be nearer their creator?

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 02:40 PM

5. It must have been an alien. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 07:43 PM

6. Reminiscent of Yellowstone NP

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Response to gilpo (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 8, 2017, 03:52 PM

7. Yes.

I was thinking a cross between Yellowstone and Death Valley.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Aug 8, 2017, 09:44 PM

8. It's quite beautiful really. I'll pass on the heat and toxic gases, though.

Much appreciation for your many posts on beautiful, unusual places. And others as well.

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Response to argyl (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 07:48 PM

11. I agree, it's fascinating!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 07:51 AM

9. What spectacular pictures!. . . . . n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 07:27 PM

10. Thanks. I wasn't aware of this place. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 14, 2017, 03:00 AM

12. Trump Towers? I hear it's getting hotter and more acidic by the minute.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 14, 2017, 10:45 AM

13. Might I propose

we establish this place as a Republican retirement community?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 16, 2017, 05:23 PM

14. I lived on acid for three months in 1969

I think.

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