The Danakil Depression - an extreme landscape between volcanoes and salty deserts - is the subject of a new photographic exhibition with images and works by the artist, Samantha Tistoni, who accompanied Europlanet researchers for a field trip to Danakil in January 2017.

Dr. Barbara Cavalazzi, a researcher at the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bologna, and photographer Samantha Tistoni will tell the story, secrets and colours of the fascinating Danakil region. The Danakil Depression lies close to the sea, at the far north of the triangle of Afar, between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Danakil is perhaps the most active branch of the African Rift Valley and is a place where everything is dramatically influenced by the geology of an oceanization process that began some tens of millions of years ago. These incredible geological features make this a place where you can study the extremes of life, biological adaptation, and better understand the deep geobiological interactions. Discovering Danakil is a key to understanding alien life.

The exhibition was launched on 21 October in Bologna, is travelling to Modena and Chieti (link) and will soon travel in Europe.