The Fentale Wonder

Fentale: is a stratovolcano. It is the highest peak of Fentale woreda. Mount Fentale rift can be thought of as a fracture in the earth's surface that widened over time, or more technically, as an elongated basin bounded by opposed steeply dipping normal faults. Geologists have been still debating exactly how rifting comes about, but the process is so well displayed in this area and being crowned by a 350 meter deep crater on the top of the mountain. This volcano "is responsible for the bleak hundred-year-old lava flows that cross the road immediately west of Metehara, and its steam vents can sometimes be seen displaying from the surrounding plains at night."