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November 2016 tour photos: Erta Ale & Dallol by Hans en Jooske

The first of our Danakil expeditions of the 2016-2017 winter season turned out to be an unexpected success - not only because of the flawless logistics and organisation or the friendliness with which local Ethiopians welcome international travelers, but also thanks to the very high activity at Erta Ale and Dallol!
At Erta Ale, the lava lake has been overflowing multiple times a day, sometimes even continuously, constructing a large new area of fresh pahoehoe lava flows on the caldera floor. Our main guide and organiser, Ethiopian geologist Enku, has been regularly visiting this location but never saw it this active and impressive in his 20 years experience.
And also Dallol seems to have stepped up its game: after the slow drying out and shrinking of the hydrothermal activity at this unique location between 2010 and 2015, last year´s rains had transformed it back to is former colourful and fascinating self - and this active area is still growing even in the past few weeks.
Below we gladly share with you a number of images that our participants Hans en Jooske kindly send us days after returning home from their Danakil volcano adventure.
The lava lake is literally filled to the rim of its self made circular containment wall, making it overflow at the lowest point of this continuously changing ring wall whenever the lava is ferociously boiling and spattering. (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
The lava lake is literally filled to the rim of its self made circular containment wall, making it o... [info]
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The strong glow of the boiling hot lava quickly becomes more visible after sunset, turning the explosions at the surface of the lava lake into a fireworks display (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
The strong glow of the boiling hot lava quickly becomes more visible after sunset, turning the explo... [info]
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A new pahoehoe lava overflow has formed and makes it outward from the lava lake´s vent (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
A new pahoehoe lava overflow has formed and makes it outward from the lava lake´s vent (Photo: Hans ... [info]
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The lava lake was extremely active when our group visited it during the second half of November 2016, overflowing its newly constructed containment ring a number of times each day - this picture clearly illustrates how it is now a perched lava lake. (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
The lava lake was extremely active when our group visited it during the second half of November 2016... [info]
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Intricate texture of the cooled silver to black crust of a fresh pahoehoe lava flow. Despite the seemingly solid crust, these flows are still very hot and liquid on the inside (given away by the red hot glow in folds between different branches). (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
Intricate texture of the cooled silver to black crust of a fresh pahoehoe lava flow. Despite the see... [info]
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New lava is supplied from the active lava lake into pahoehoe lava flows that formed during an earlier overflow. (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
New lava is supplied from the active lava lake into pahoehoe lava flows that formed during an earlie... [info]
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The high activity of Erta Ale´s lava lake also produces larger amounts of fresh Pele´s hair and Pele´s tears. (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
The high activity of Erta Ale´s lava lake also produces larger amounts of fresh Pele´s hair and Pele... [info]
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Exploding lava bubbles and pahoehoe lava overflow at the rim of Erta Ale´s perched lava lake. (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
Exploding lava bubbles and pahoehoe lava overflow at the rim of Erta Ale´s perched lava lake. (Photo... [info]
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Panorama across Erta Ale´s caldera floor, clearly showing the large volume of fresh black shiny pahoehoe lavas that have recently overflowed from the lava lake which by now constructed its own containment rim (central-left in the background, where the gas plume rises from). (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
Panorama across Erta Ale´s caldera floor, clearly showing the large volume of fresh black shiny paho... [info]
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Image from 1 ago (November 2015) to compare the previous panorama with this overview onto the active lava lake and the wider caldera area around, where the darker brown coloured, narrow lava flows radiating outwards from the active vent onto the caldera flowrepresented the most recent lava overflows from 2010. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Image from 1 ago (November 2015) to compare the previous panorama with this overview onto the active... [info]
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Since the more active 2010 period where there were also green acid ponds at Dallol, the area had slowly become smaller and most of the green acids pond disappeared. This was probably linked to the unusual 4 years of no direct rain in the area. The much needed rainshowers at the end of 2015- start of 2016 brought back the green acid ponds and since then the colourful active Dallol hydrothermal fields have grown significantly. (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
Since the more active 2010 period where there were also green acid ponds at Dallol, the area had slo... [info]
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Between the yellow-orange-brown salt deposits at Dallol there are again numerous ponds and lake of acid geothermal water. (Photo: Hans and Jooske)
Between the yellow-orange-brown salt deposits at Dallol there are again numerous ponds and lake of a... [info]
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