Erta Ale (Volcano Week 4)

It’s Volcano Week 4 here at GSS. Volcanoes, about a week. You know the drill! Volcanoes probably aren’t the first thing you associate with Ethiopia, but Erta Ale is a particularly fine specimen. It may only be a little over 600 metres high1, but this volcano (whose name means “smoking mountain” in the local Afar language) is home to a fiery lake of lava – one of only five in the world! Little wonder that it is known locally as the “gateway to hell”. Living near here seems a risky proposition – a large eruption in 2005 killed…

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