Skip to comments.Large Crack In East African Rift Is Splitting The Continent In Two
Posted on 03/31/2018 9:51:13 AM PDT by Simon Green
A large crack that has suddenly appeared in Kenyas Rift Valley is evidence that Africa will eventually break apart. The crack already stretches several miles and continues to grow, but it does not go all the way across the surface. If it does, it will split the continent into two.
The crack has caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and also accelerating seismic activity in the area, leading researchers to believe that something dramatic could happen in the future.
The Great Rift splits Africa into two plates. With what is happening we have established one plate which is the Somali plate is moving away from the other plate at a rate of 2.5cm. In the near future if this happens we shall have the Somali plate separating from the other Nubian plate, said geologist David Ahede.
You cannot stop a geological process because it occurs from deep within the crust of the Earth.
The Nubian tectonic plate is the larger one that encompasses most of the continent, whereas the smaller Somali plate constitutes the Horn of Africa.
Tectonic plates are constantly in motion. They often crash into, grind against or fall beneath one another, causing earthquakes in the process. When this happens, the plates disintegrate and form a lowland region known as a rift valley. Kenyas East African Rift is one of the largest rift valleys in the world which expands approximately 3,700 miles long and around 40 miles wide.
The forces that trigger rifts in the surface are still poorly understood. However, researchers have found that rifts continue to widen over time and start to form cracks. The East African Rift is an excellent example of such activity. The rift in Kenya is so big that it will split Africa in two.
Rifts are the initial stage of a continent break-up and, if successful, can lead to the formation of a new ocean basin. An example of a place on Earth where this has happened is the South Atlantic Ocean, which resulted from the break up of South America and Africa around 138m years ago, explains The Conversation writer Lucia Perez Diaz, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Fault Dynamics Research Group, London's Royal Holloway.
The East African Rift is unique in that it allows us to observe different stages of rifting along its length
Eventually, over a period of tens of millions of years, seafloor spreading will progress along the entire length of the rift. The ocean will flood in and, as a result, the African continent will become smaller and there will be a large island in the Indian Ocean composed of parts of Ethiopia and Somalia, including the Horn of Africa.
How long until some goof tries to blame this on global warming?
Lol, while I was typing.
African governments already filing lawsuits against auto makers...
Have they tried epoxy?
Quick! We can fix this! Give me 3,000 miles of duct tape!
If the Somali plate broke off quite suddenly and ended up under the ocean the world would be a better place.
They have a crack problem.
A rift is a crack.
u r funny.
Quick...this is an opportunity for the UN to levy taxes on the developed world to keep Africa from splitting apart....we need to do our part ......
I’m hoping it splits into, and the two halves spend their time trying to scam each other instead of us.
A large ‘crack’ will cause trouble most of the time....
As long as it goes to Asia and not this way ,LOL
Mot exactly breaking news.
So to speak.
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