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Africa's Danakil Desert
OCTOBER 2005
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To Serve and Protect
Photograph by Carsten Peter

Working as a guide and guard for the Geographic team, a man named Edris surveys the salt flats near Lake Asele in Ethiopia. Edris belongs to the Afar, a nomadic people who drive their camels, donkeys, and goats in search of pasture during the region's two meager rainy seasons. The Afar also rely on salt to eke out a living. Traders haul blocks pried from salt beds to markets in the Ethiopian Highlands. Since the Afar, who are also called the Danakil, compete and sometimes clash with other tribes over territory and water, they are heavily armed; even boys in their early teens can be seen carrying Kalashnikov rifles.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11

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

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