Daring photographer captures rare images of lava lake in Ethiopia

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These dramatic images offer a rare glimpse inside the ‘Gateway To Hell’, one of the world’s oldest continuously active lava lakes.

Portuguese travel photographer Joel Santos, 38, piloted a drone over the bubbling lake – which reaches temperatures exceeding 1,100 degrees Celsius – while he stood just a metre from the edge.

The lake, situated in Afar, Ethiopia, has had a continuous flow since 1906 and lies inside the 2,011-foot-high Erta Ale volcano, otherwise known as the Smoking Mountain.

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