Lake Asal is a water body situated in the Republic of Djibouti in east Africa. Lake Asal in Djibouti is a crater lake located in the central part of the African country.
Lake Asal in Djibouti is situated at the southern border of Tadjoura Region in the African country. The area touches the Dikhil Region of Djibouti. This lake of Djibouti is situated 502 feet below sea level. The crater lake lies in the Afar Depression. The water body is regarded as the lowest surface in the African continent. The lake occupies an area of 54 square kilometers. Lake Asal is encircled by a salt pan. The catchment area of the lake is approximately 900 square kilometers. The economic activity of salt mining is carried in the salt pan region that surrounds the water body.
Lake Asal has the unique characteristic of having the maximum salt component compared to any other water body in the world. The salt concentration in the water is about 34.8%. Research has revealed salt concentration to be almost 39.8% near the bottom of the lake. The principal water sources of the lake are the subsurface springs present in the region. The springs are fed by the Gulf of Tadjoura, which is situated nearby.