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January 8, 2010

The Hottest Place on Earth

The Hottest Place on Earth
-(Shocking Nature News)-

The Afar Depression includes the Danakil Desert and the lowest point in Africa, Lake Asal (–155 meters or –500 ft). Dallol is also part of the Depression, one of the hottest places year-round anywhere on Earth.

The climate varies from around 25 °C (77 °F) during the rainy season (September–March) to 48 °C (118 °F) during the dry season (March–September). Only the Awash River flows into the depression, where it ends in a chain of lakes that increase in salinity.

Temperatures reached up to an all-time high of 64.4°C (148.0°F) in the 1930's. The area is one of the hottest places on earth, comparable with the Dasht-e Lut desert in Iran.

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