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Geologists Watch as African Continent is Torn Apart

Earth Observations: Africa

Jan 30, 2007

Seismic activity is tearing Africa apart and scientists are geared up to watch the ripping landscape in an unprecedented set of observations.
It's liable to be a long, slow investigation.
The African and Arabian plates meet in the remote Afar desert of Northern Ethiopia and have been going through a rifting process—at a speed of less than 1 inch per year—for the past 30 million years. This rifting formed the 186-mile Afar depression (Image Above) and the Red Sea.

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