drilling program on the Danakil
potash license (the
The group was also the first to bike through the Danakil
Earth scientist Dougal Jerram, from Durham University, will be shown descending on ropes into the fiery furnace of the volcano Erta Ale in the Danakil
Desert in Northern Ethiopia.
Excruciatingly hot, in fact - the Danakil
desert in Eithopia where temperatures are higher than anywhere on the globe.
This nostalgia is evident in such texts as Graham Greene's Journey Without Maps (2002), based on a journey undertaken to Liberia in 1936, and Wilfred Thesiger's The Danakil
Diaries (1998), based on journeys undertaken between 1930 and 1934, and it constitutes the focus of Van der Post's The Lost World of the Kalahari (2002), based on a journey undertaken in 1955.
With fellow survival expert Rudiger Nehber, he also explored, on foot, the hottest desert on earth, the Danakil
Hamedali is a staging post for intrepid tourists willing to withstand temperatures of 50C (122F) to venture into the unique geological formations of the Danakil
Depression, including the area's famous salt lakes.
But the Awash River had never been followed to its end, and in 1933 Thesiger resolved to do so, despite the fact that much of the route would pass through the territory of the highly belligerent Danakil
tribe, known for their unpleasant custom of taking as trophies the testicles of any man they killed.
Soccer AM host Helen Chamberlain, who was in the firing line throughout and enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime when third on veteran Danakil
behind charity race specialist Cappanrush.
A noted Arabist he undertook expeditions to the Danakil
(1930-34) which he describes in his The Danakil
Diary, Journeys through Abyssinia 1930-34, London 1996.
Here, in the Danakil
Depression in 1972, an archaeological excavation uncovered the missing link: proof that upright-walking creatures inhabited this area at least two-and-a-half million years earlier than previously supposed.
Excavation of the skull occurred between 1995 and 1997 at a site bordering a geologic formation in Eritrea known as the Danakil