Photographer Siegfried Modola traveled to document Ethiopia’s ancient salt trade in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and harshest environments on earth, with an average annual temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius). For centuries, merchants have traveled there with caravans of camels to collect salt from the surface of the vast desert basin. The mineral is extracted and shaped into slabs, then loaded onto the animals before being transported back across the desert so that it can be sold around the country. Read Siegfried's personal account here. 25 PHOTOS

How ironic this article was presented, just dug out my Dad’s pictures from the Afar area when he took us down to the salt mines….it is definitely one of the most uninhabitable places on earth. How the Ethiopian people who exist on the Salt trade, I will never know. Actually looking a large chunk of salt on the rock collection taken from the mines from back in the late sixties…

Posted by Geo_Rock | Report as abusive

Major thankies for the article.Really looking forward to read more.


Muchos Gracias for your blog. Want more.


A round of applause for your article.Thanks Again. Want more.


I loved your blog article.Really thank you! Cool.


Thanks a lot for the blog. Will read on…


Wow, great blog post.Really thank you! Great.


I value the blog.


I really like and appreciate your blog. Much obliged.


I am so grateful for your blog article. Cool.


I appreciate you sharing this article post.Much thanks again. Will read on…


Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on…


Very good post. Keep writing.


Great article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.


Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog.Thanks Again. Keep writing.


I really enjoy the post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.


Really enjoyed this blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.


Add Your Comment

House Rules:
  • We moderate all comments and will publish everything that advances the story directly or with relevant tangential information
  • We try not to publish comments that we think are offensive or appear to pass you off as another person, and we will be conservative if comments may be considered libelous.