Summary of Article: At 100 meters below sea level, the Danakil Depression is at one of the world's lowest altitudes. It is also one of the hottest places on Earth, with yearly temperatures averaging 34.4/93.9 degrees celsius/fahrenheit and only about 100 millimeters of rain each year. Though it may look extraterrestrial, the mars-like landscape belongs to a remote area in the northeast region of Ethiopia, named Afar, near Eritrea. Most of the meager scientific research on the Depression is based on the geology, not the biology. But scientists are now beginning to look at it as a potential viewing hole of what life on another planet could be like.