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Is a new sea forming between Ethiopia and Djibouti?

Lake Abe stretches between the border of Ethiopia and Djibouti. There is nothing cultivated in the region except dry land. The intense desert also appears to stretch beyond what the human eye can see. The locals call the lake Abe. The lake is 19 km wide and 17 km long and its water is filled with salt water. Around it, hundreds of limestone blocks are lined up, looking like walls built by an inexperienced craftsman. The green and blue lake is surrounded by 150-foot [50 m] mountains. For someone who is not familiar with the area, it is very shocking when the smell suddenly comes out. The smell also contains Sulphur. Because of the non-useful water, most people do not live in the area.

The Afar Valley

Lake Abbey is located at the confluence of the tectonic plates of Somalia, Arabia and Nubia. In other words, the place is also known as the Afar Valley.

The region is also where Lucy was found. In fact, some researchers say the site is a civilizational agama site. The reason the lake is isolated from the other is said to be because the tectonic plates are slowly splitting apart. This has forced the land below the lake to become thinner. In the 1950s, two-thirds of the lake’s water was reduced when it was drawn for agriculture.

‘New Lake’

Geophysicists, however, estimate that in 10 million years the Afar River and the lake will form a new ocean. Researchers say that as the three lands split and the land between them separates, the Red Sea travels along the coast of Djibouti to the Afar valley. And that’s what NASA scientists say. The Red Sea, the East African Desert, and the coast of the Sea of ​​Aden combine to form the Atlantic Ocean. According to scientists’ estimates, the Horn of Africa will be surrounded by water.

The people of Afar

Although the mud of Afar is one of the most difficult places in Africa to learn, it is not entirely uninhabitable. If you travel 150 km from western Djibouti to Finfinnee, you will find Lake Abe.

Farmers in the area themselves have to travel a lot to get water for themselves and their cattle.

Mohammed Omar Ali, who lives by forced labour, said, “It is not new to the people of Afar to live in such a place. Most of the Afar people living in the region are pastoralists. There is movement from place to place. They live by digging and selling salt, buying food and water. Most of them are members of the Afar farming community and travel with mobile homes, so they do not have a permanent water supply or electricity.

Climate change

Lake Abe is characterized by extreme heat and occasional mild winds. During the winter, the temperature is 30 degrees centigrade. In hot weather, it rises to 45 degrees Celsius. The environment of the region is surviving the weather. Especially in recent years, climate change in the region has not only made the region very difficult but also caused famine.

However, Omar Ali says the Afar people do not want to leave the region. The area is beautiful in the morning. The mist flowing from the hills is very pleasant to see mixed with the yellow of the morning sun. Such natural beauty is nowhere to be found but under the Pacific Ocean, scientists say. In the evening, Lake Abbey is very beautiful. The stars seem to lean against the sky like flowers embroidered on a bedspread. So being on site in the evening gives a unique perspective.

Many travelers leave Djibouti and take a day to visit Lake Abbey and return. There are very few shelters in the region. One of them, Kamil Hassan, lived in the area for many years. Kamil, who knows the region well, hopes that tourism will become a source of income in Afar. Not only does he wish, but he also contributes his part.

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