In the winter, for about five months or from January to May, the lake freezes over but the water is so clear that, from the surface, you can see an astounding 130 feet below you. Transparent and shining in a turquoise color, these masses of broken ice look like shards of glass rising into the sky. They are caused by the slow and unequal pressure in the main body of the packed ice as well as by the unequal structure and temperature.
Dallol - The World’s Weirdest Volcanic Crater:
In the North East of Ethiopia lies the Danokil Desert. At its heart is a volcanic crater, Dallol, little known and seldom visited but quite extraordinary.
Surrounding the volcano are acidic hot springs, mountains of sulphur, pillars of salt, small gas geysers and pools of acid isolated by salt ridges. It makes for one of the most bizarre landscapes on planet Earth.
This lunaresque landscape is actually near La Geria, Lanzarotte, where the soil is covered by volcanic ash. Because of the arid climate and low rainfall, these man-made craters have been created to capture moisture through condensation. The moisture flows to the centre of each crater, which houses a single grape vine. Some craters yield up to 40 kg of grapes per year, which are used to produce muscat with the taste very specific to this area. [x]
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