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The Hottest Place on Earth

Listed under Deserts in Ethiopia.

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Home of the Afar people, the Danakil desert, or Danakil Depression, in north east Ethiopia has the hottest recorded average temperature on earth, trumping Death Valley in the US. Temperatures regularly hit the mid 40s. A mining company mined huge quantities of potash here some years ago, but had to abandon the operation after two years because of extreme heat. Today the main - the only - commercial activity is salt mining, as it has been for thousands of years. Huge blocks of salt are levered out of the salt flats and cut in to 10 kilo blocks to be sold in the markets, having been transported across this baking desert by camel. They say the Afar people are able to work in this harsh environment because, like camels, they have an unusual ability to regulate body temperature.

The area is also stuffed with unique geology as well as active volcanoes, with fissures in the ground spewing lava and steam.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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Frustrating!

If you want a purely science doco, this one isnt for you. I was very interested in seeing the science behind "The hottest place on earth" however 90% of the documentary was wasted on the boring lives of the cast and crew. Seriously, i don't care about how you feel about the local culture or how far a goat travels in a day. This show could have been so much better if it wasnt for the self absorbed reporters who seemed to focus on their lives rather than the films title core focus.. remember .. that volcano? We finally get to see the result in the last 15 mins of this 3 part series.. what a waste of time! AM

i watch a film about theis area its a great movie i like it .. its called the hottest place on earth .. iam download it and watch it several times thaaaank u so much ..

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