Lake Karum

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Lake Karum
Lake Asale
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Lake Karum at sunset
Lake Karum is located in Ethiopia
Lake Karum
Lake Karum
LocationAfar Region
Coordinates14°1′N 40°25′E / 14.017°N 40.417°E / 14.017; 40.417Coordinates: 14°1′N 40°25′E / 14.017°N 40.417°E / 14.017; 40.417
Typesalt lake
Basin countriesEthiopia
Surface elevation−120 m (−394 ft)

Lake Karum (also known as Lake Assale or Asale) is a salt lake in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. One of two salt lakes in the northern end of the Danakil Depression (the other one being Lake Afrera), it lies 120 m (394 ft) below sea level.[1] The volcano Erta Ale rises southeast of this lake.

Werner Munzinger, who traveled through the Afar Depression in 1867, recorded that this lake was fed by four streams: The Didic, the Ala, the Rira Guddy, and the Ragali or Awra, which is the only permanent stream flowing into Lake Karum.[2]

North of Lake Karum is the former mining-settlement of Dallol. The lake is extremely salty and is surrounded by a salt-pan, which is still mined. The salt is transported by caravan to the rest of the country.

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  1. ^ Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 114. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.
  2. ^ Munzinger, "Narrative of a Journey through the Afar Country", Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, 39 (1869), p. 204