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…

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