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The lake Assal (surface area 54 km²/average depth 7.4 m) is a crater lake in central-western Djibouti.

The Lake Assal is known as the saltiest lake outside of the Antarctica. It is about as salty as Lake Vanda (Antactica) and its relatively large size makes it the world’s largest reserve of commercially exploitable sea salt.

 

French Somaliland 1962, Lake Assal.

On 27 June 1977, Djibouti gained independence from France. At that time, it was the last of France’s colonies in Africa. The country changed its name to Djibouti, after its biggest city, and it became known as the Republic of Djibouti.

 


French Territory of the Afars and the Issas 1974, Lake Assal. 

French Territory of the Afars and the Issas was the name given to present-day Djibouti between 1967 and 1977, while it was still a colony of France. 

 

Djibouty stamp 1984 Lake Assal

Djibouti 1984, Lake Assal.
The stamp was issued in the series "Landscapes".

 

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