Photographer Nicola Bailey traveled to the Danakil desert, which is known as the hottest and harsh hell in the world.
Nicola Bailey is a photographer from Sydney, Australia. She loves traveling to remote locations and capturing images there. In northern Ethiopia, the Danakil desert is one of the impressive journeys of this robot. For 4 days, Nicola and the armored convoy traveled through arid deserts, volcanoes, and vast salt plains.
The first day, Nicola arrived at the foot of the Ertra Ale volcano, where the longest lava lake in the world. One team member made a mistake when he placed his backpack on a crack in the rock. Everything in it completely melted. After hours of being mesmerized by the rich colors and spectacle of the lava, Nicola returned to the spot overnight.
Despite the harsh terrain, this area is inhabited by Afar – ethnic minorities in Ethiopia. They adapt to the harsh living conditions, daily raising goats, sheep and cattle in the desert.
Camels are very important to Afar people. The image of camels or donkeys carrying goods is a common sight during the exploration of the Danakil desert. Camels usually carry the task of transporting salt to the town about 25 km away for sale.
The journey to discover the hottest place on Earth takes you to the salt plains created by the dry Awash River. It produces more than 1.3 million tons of salt per year. Coming here, you will admire the beautiful turquoise lakes and enjoy the sun on the pure white scenery of salt.
Afar and Tigrayan consider salt to be gold. Each year, they exploit salt for 10 months. This job is not easy when they have to sit for hours cutting salt bricks with an ax in the daytime temperature of about 50 degrees C. For each 4 kg salt brick, they can earn the equivalent of about $ 0.05 . Each camel can carry about 30 bricks.
Dallol Sulfur Spring is one of the most expected things on a trip with surreal landscapes formed by volcanic activity on Earth. This is where scientists study how bacteria survive in harsh environments. This can provide important information about life on other planets.