Ghoba Salt Mine, Socotra, Yemen


The village of Ghoba located just west of Hadiboh features not only a sinkhole but also a salt mine.

On the periphery of the village find Ghoba Sinkhole, it’s impossible to miss as you’ll likely be met by the kids of the village who will want to show you their flashy jumps and backflips into this pool.

Legend has it that the Ghoba Sinkhole was created by a meteorite strike, but in reality, it is more than likely just a sinkhole in the rocky landscape.

Not too far away there is also the Ghoba Salt Mine, another not as water-filled but nonetheless larger sinkhole believed to be a meteor strike that serves as a salt mine.

There are small pans from which salt is collected inside the sinkhole that you can easily spot from above.

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