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Africa's Danakil Desert
OCTOBER 2005
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Photo captions by Cliff Tarpy
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An Unforgiving Land
Photograph by Carsten Peter

Bound for a salt mine, a camel caravan plods across eastern Africa's Danakil Desert, where an animal's remains show the deadliness of the region's periodic droughts. Three countries—Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti—share sovereignty over this desolate place. To document the region and its inhabitants, a National Geographic writer and photographer mounted an exhausting and risky expedition. The danger? The Danakil's tribes often have murderous animosity toward each other—and toward outsiders.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Voigtländer Bessa R2
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Zeiss 12mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/22

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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