June 27, 2011 - Independence Day

– Djibouti

This tiny African nation, which borders the Red Sea, became independent of France in 1977. More than half the population lives in the capital, Djibouti City.

Apparently tourists in Djibouti can snorkel and dive to view “pristine” (untouched) coral reefs, or stroke a cheetah at an animal refuge, or swim with huge whale sharks (which eat only the tiniest creatures, so it's safe). There is an old Arabic town called Tadjoura, hot springs that are hot enough to cook fish (!), and Lake Assal, a crater lake that is the lowest spot in Africa and the third lowest spot on Earth (other than ocean-floor deepnesses such as the Mariana Trench). Lake Assal is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world. 

Another salt lake, Lake Abbe, is known for its tall limestone chimneys that puff out steam. The movie Planet of the Apes was filmed there.

To learn more about Djibouti, go to Squidoo or Every Culture.

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