Dallol, Ethiopia was a settlement based around a former potash mine located in the remote part of Danakil Depression, northeast of Erta Ale Range in Africa, but it has been described as a ghost town since 2005.
Dallol currently holds the official record for record high average temperature for an inhabited location on Earth and dubbed “The Cruelest Place on Earth” by National Geographic.
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Hottest Inhabited Place on Earth
The annual mean temperature was recorded from 1960 to 1966 as 34.4 °C (93.9 °F). The average daily maximum temperature during the same period was 41.1 °C (106.0 °F).
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The ghost town is one of the remotest places on Earth so there are no roads in or to Dallol the only regular transport service is provided by camel caravans which travel to the area to collect salt.
Nearby is the Dallol volcano Ethiopia, which last eruption was in 1926. The area has one of the world’s most spectacular landscape and is famous for its hot brine and multi-colored white, pink, red, yellow, green, gray and black salt deposits, hot springs and miniature geysers.