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March 16, 2002

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For tourists the most notable things about Djibouti, besides a strange name and excellent offshore diving, are geological oddities. Djibouti cradles the lowest point on Africa and it's the meeting point for three tectonic plates. The land masses of Africa and Arabia are separating in Djibouti. Scientists estimate in 200 million years the Red Sea and the Bay of Djibouti will be another ocean, bigger than the Atlantic. Watching tectonic movement is not much of a tourist attraction. Outside Djibouti Town, volcanic rock fields and low hills dominate the scenery.
Local baboons aren't interested in Djibouti's rockscapes.
Somali refugees camp in Djibouti's hills. No one minds because nothing is here.
Hardy aloe plants grow where nothing else will.