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assault on Assal Salt

assault on Assal Salt
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Copyright: jean pierre kerten (lemorse) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 13] (415)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-23
Categories: Daily Life
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 10:14
Viewed: 2980
Points: 2
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Republic of Djibouti. One of the hottest spots on the planet, Assal Lake,(background)sits at 153 meters below sea level,slowly evaporating,allowing for a 10 to 40 meter thick salt crust develop at the surface of its borders. Nomads of the Affar tribe have been collecting salt here for centuries, transporting it to nearby Ethiopia where they would trade it for sorgho. Although today, the bags carried by the dromadaires are made of plastic and duly stamped ''Djibouti Assal Salt'', an ecounter with today's affar peoples and their caravan is sure to fill you with a sentiment of admiration and respect. Provided it really is salt that they so brilliantly carry, they may not achieve the economic returns one would except with such a demanding job. But I noticed they also sing as they escort their living trucks through the lava fields. Plus, they are a living work of art. Esthetically speaking. That's a lot of positive points for a job that , on top of it, doesn't pollute one bit. Go meet them in Djibouti. You will still probably be the only tourists around on that day.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-02-21 10:53]

Very sharp ..gOOd idea of transport

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