Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

These stunning images show the beauty and drama of Mother Nature at work. Captured deep in heart of the Danakil Desert in East Africa, the images show the acid pools near the Erta Ale volcano.

Pools of brightly colored acid can be seen amid the dramatic blast of volcanic ash. The photos were taken by Neta Dekel, an Israeli photographer. He the acid pools were one of the most extraordinary sights he had ever seen. (Caters News)

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<p>These stunning images show the beauty and drama of Mother Nature at work. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

These stunning images show the beauty and drama of Mother Nature at work. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>Captured deep in heart of the Danakil Desert in East Africa, the images look as though they might have been taken on a Martian landscape. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

Captured deep in heart of the Danakil Desert in East Africa, the images look as though they might have been taken on a Martian landscape. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>But they actually show the natural acid pools near the Erta Ale volcano. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

But they actually show the natural acid pools near the Erta Ale volcano. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>Pools of brightly colored acid can be seen amid the dramatic blast of volcanic ash. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

Pools of brightly colored acid can be seen amid the dramatic blast of volcanic ash. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>The photos were taken by Neta Dekel, an Israeli photographer. He said the acid pools were one of the most extraordinary sights he had ever seen. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

The photos were taken by Neta Dekel, an Israeli photographer. He said the acid pools were one of the most extraordinary sights he had ever seen. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>“The acid pools were something out of this world,” he said. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

“The acid pools were something out of this world,” he said. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>“The acid is extremely dangerous since a drop of it can burn your flesh to the bone, and there were no trails or barricades that can protect the visitors.” (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

“The acid is extremely dangerous since a drop of it can burn your flesh to the bone, and there were no trails or barricades that can protect the visitors.” (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>Despite the amazing sight, Netal said that seeing the pools came with a downside. “The smell was horrible, and it was difficult to breath.” (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

Despite the amazing sight, Netal said that seeing the pools came with a downside. “The smell was horrible, and it was difficult to breath.” (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>“The Volcano was also a unique experience. We managed to climb up to the volcano mouth — 4 meters away from a full and exploding lava pool.” (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

“The Volcano was also a unique experience. We managed to climb up to the volcano mouth — 4 meters away from a full and exploding lava pool.” (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>The Danakil Desert stretches over 100,000 square kilometers in three countries: northeast Ethiopia, southern Eritrea and northwestern Djibouti. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

The Danakil Desert stretches over 100,000 square kilometers in three countries: northeast Ethiopia, southern Eritrea and northwestern Djibouti. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

<p>With its active volcanoes and extreme heat, it is one of the hottest places on earth, with daytime temperatures often climbing above 122 degrees F. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News) </p>
Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape

With its active volcanoes and extreme heat, it is one of the hottest places on earth, with daytime temperatures often climbing above 122 degrees F. (Photo: Neta Dekel/Caters News)

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