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Lake Abbe

Lake Abbe is situated in the African country of Djibouti. The lake is located in the central area of the Afar Depression. The volcanic mountain of Dama Ali is nearby.

Lake Abbe of Djibouti is located near the border region of the country adjoining Ethiopia. Lake Abbe is known locally as Lake Abhe Bahd. It is a salt water lake. Lake Abbe is one of six lakes in Djibouti that are connected to each other. The notable lakes that are connected geologically to Lake Abbe include Laitali, Gargori, Afambo, Bario and Gunmare among others. Lake Abbe in Ethiopia is the penultimate point of flow of the Awash river.

Lake Abbe was formed by volcanic activities over a period of time. The Lake is located in the Afar Depression. The water body is present in a triple junction of tectonic plates. Lake Abbe area is at the convergence of the two ridges that form the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. The two geological formations meet the East African Rift below the surface of Lake Abbe. The area around the Djibouti water body is unique. It is one of the few places on earth where a mid-ocean ridge could be subjected to scientific scrutiny on land.


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