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Red Sea Region Parting in Massive Split
National Geographic ^ | 7-19-2006 | Stefan Lovgren

Posted on 07/13/2014 8:17:38 AM PDT by Citizen Zed

In a new study, scientists have determined that a recent tear in Earth's continental crust near the sea is the largest single rip seen since satellite monitoring began.

For the past 30 million years the Arabian tectonic plate has been moving away from the African (Nubian) plate at the Red Sea.

But the rift, in which Earth's crust is being stretched and thinned, is not happening smoothly.

Most of the time the plates are stuck together. But in September of last year they split apart along a 37-mile (60-kilometer) section in Afar, Ethiopia (Ethiopia map), near the southern end of the Red Sea.

The scientist's observations may help to explain how Earth's plates split apart and how new crust forms.

The study suggests that the splitting is due to the injection of underground magma (molten rock) into the rift rather than earthquakes happening on tectonic faults.

"It is clear that the rise of molten rock through the plate is enabling the breakup of Africa and Arabia," said Tim Wright, an earth and environmental scientist at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: africa; arabia; catastrophism; redsea; timwright
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1 posted on 07/13/2014 8:17:38 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

I’ve got to blame Global Warming for this tragic event.


2 posted on 07/13/2014 8:22:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Citizen Zed

Red Sea Region Parting in Massive Split, Moves whole Middle East to Antarctica

there fixed it


3 posted on 07/13/2014 8:24:11 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Nonsense! Everybody knows Bush did it!


4 posted on 07/13/2014 8:25:04 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

It might just be racism.


5 posted on 07/13/2014 8:27:05 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Citizen Zed

Hmmm....of beasts, dragons, and sea....and the abyss or two.


6 posted on 07/13/2014 8:36:24 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Catastrophic ping.


7 posted on 07/13/2014 8:41:50 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Citizen Zed

8 posted on 07/13/2014 8:47:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Citizen Zed

it does happen slowly, bummer.

2006...
http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/africa-s-new-ocean-a-continent-splits-apart-a-405947.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/13938637/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/scientists-earthquakes-causing-red-sea-part/#.U8Kqdh1-ztQ


9 posted on 07/13/2014 8:49:39 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Citizen Zed

Article is 8 years old.


10 posted on 07/13/2014 9:04:49 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Citizen Zed; SunkenCiv

Red sea, ping!

11 posted on 07/13/2014 9:32:23 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: Citizen Zed

If the crack would get bigger and the water went in it, 0zero can claim he lowered the seas! lol


12 posted on 07/13/2014 9:37:53 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: goodwithagun

He didn’t but he would have if the Saudi’s had ordered him to.


13 posted on 07/13/2014 9:42:36 AM PDT by DManA
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To: gusopol3

The nice thing about geological time is that the article is still likely to be current for the next million or so years. The Afar region is interesting because we can see what is happening as it’s not covered by miles of water.


14 posted on 07/13/2014 9:57:03 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

This isn’t the first time the Red Sea has been parted.


15 posted on 07/13/2014 10:08:27 AM PDT by flaglady47
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To: ClearCase_guy

This is terrible. We need immediate UN resolutions and a Tax in the US to stop this.


16 posted on 07/13/2014 10:16:30 AM PDT by DeWalt (Times are more like they used to be than they are today.)
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To: Citizen Zed
Related:

The fluid motion of the outer core will increase, as the magnetic field decreases. If the pole's going to flip soon, it might complete the middle 50 degrees of that flip within about a year.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTnoSsaeOn0


17 posted on 07/13/2014 3:26:07 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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The Great Rift and the Jordan
http://www.varchive.org/itb/rift.htm

The Age of the Dead Sea
http://www.varchive.org/itb/deadsea.htm


18 posted on 07/13/2014 4:52:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Explorer89; NYer; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...
Thanks Explorer89 and NYer.
Most of the time the plates are stuck together. But in September of last year they split apart along a 37-mile (60-kilometer) section in Afar, Ethiopia (Ethiopia map), near the southern end of the Red Sea. The scientist's observations may help to explain how Earth's plates split apart and how new crust forms.
Also one of *those* topics, bigtime.

19 posted on 07/13/2014 4:53:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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and from the FRchives:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/timwright/index


20 posted on 07/13/2014 4:58:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Citizen Zed

So when the spreading fills with water will ocean levels drop?


21 posted on 07/13/2014 5:32:28 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Citizen Zed

While in the Horn of Africa, a favorite geological attraction was known as the Crack of Djibouti.


22 posted on 07/13/2014 8:21:48 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Citizen Zed

Well you know the Red Sea was parted once before...


23 posted on 07/13/2014 8:47:59 PM PDT by rdl6989
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