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Dust Over the Afar Depression, Ethiopia and Eritrea

12.3N 40.7E

June 10th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Ethiopia - June 9th, 2012

Dust blows across the Red Sea and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait (upper right), over Eritrea (by the coast) and over Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, it is hemmed in and funneled southwards by the mountains bordering the Afar Region. The name of the funnel-shaped area is the Afar Depression or Afar Triangle, a geological depression that is caused by the Afar Triple Junction which is part of the Great Rift Valley. It overlaps Eritrea, Djibouti and the entire Afar Region of Ethiopia. Visible near the left edge, unaffected by the dust, is the green Lake Tana.

Southern Red Sea Region of Eritrea and Volcanoes of Ethiopia’s Erta Ale Range

14.6N 40.9E

March 21st, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Eritrea and Ethiopia - February 19th, 2010

Eritrea and Ethiopia - February 19th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows part of the Southern Red Sea region of Eritrea, one of the country’s six main regions. It lies along the southern half of the Red Sea, and contains the  major towns of Asseb, Beilul, Rahaita and T’i’o.

The region has an area of around 27,600km², extending over 500km along Red Sea coast but is only around 50km wide. It forms the major part of the Danakil Desert. The highest point in this region is Mount Ramlu (2248 meters).

Upon opening the full image, the Erta Ale Range in Ethiopia is visible to the south. It is the most important axial volcanic chain of the Afar Depression, in Ethiopia’s Afar Region. The range consists mostly of shield volcanoes. The highest volcano of the range is Ale Bagu, at 1,031 m (3,383 ft) high, identifiable by its conical shape towards the bottom center.