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Anouk Zijlma

Where is This in Africa?

By May 14, 2012

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Mystery Destination in Africa

You're looking at Africa's lowest geographic point. This lake lies 515 feet (155m) below sea level. It's a salt water lake, with beaches literally made of pure salt. Some of the salt banks are over 200 feet (65 m) deep. Saltier than even the Dead Sea, when you dive in you don't have to swim a single stroke, you can just float and read a book. Salt cakes everything along the shores of this lake, loose vegetation that has been blown here from far away, dead birds -- everything is crystallized in salt. And not surprisingly, no vegetation grows here. Slabs of salt are carved out of the upper crust, hoisted onto camels and donkeys, and taken over the mountains to sell in neighboring countries. These salt caravans are still going on today. Where is this?

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