Earta ale Active Volcano
Earta ale Active Volcano at Dankile Depression
Erta Ale (Ert’ Ale, Ertale or Irta’ale) volcano is a large basaltic shield volcano in the Erta Ale volcanic range in the central northern Danakil depression (North East Ethiopia). It is famed for its persistent lava lake which has been active during most of the past decades since it was first discovered in the 1960s.
Erta Ale is one of the few volcanoes on the world that have an almost persistent lava lake. It is an isolated basaltic shield volcano, 50 km wide, rising more than 600 m from below sea level in the barren Danakil depression.
Erta Ale is only 613 m high, but as typical for a shield volcano has a very gentle slopes and a large 40 km diameter base. The summit is truncated by a complex, elongated 1700 x 600 m wide caldera which contains vast lava flows and several larger and smaller pit craters, most notably the active north and south crater, which contains the lava lake at present.
Erta Ale is one of the main attractions of the Danakil, and had become a popular tour destination in recent years.
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