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Crack suggests that Africa is splitting in two


Posted on Sunday, 1 April, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments

Will there eventually be two African continents ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 hanonimas
A huge crack that opened up in Kenya recently has indicated the beginnings of a new continental split.
The crack, which opened up in Kenya's Rift Valley following heavy rains and seismic activity last month, measures around 50ft wide, 50ft deep and is several miles long.

Africa is known to sit on two continental plates - the Nubian plate and the Somali plate - with the dividing line being the East African Rift - a 3,000km stretch from the Gulf of Aden to Zimbabwe.

The two plates have been drifting apart at a rate of 2.5 centimeters per year and eventually the continent is likely to split in to two parts - turning a large chunk of eastern Africa in to an island.

While there is nothing that can be done to stop it, a complete break-up of the continent along the East African Rift is going to take an extremely long time - possibly even tens of millions of years.

Nonetheless - last month's activity shows that, even now, this process can have a significant impact.


Source: Tech Times | Comments (11)

Tags: Africa, Split

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles on 2 April, 2018, 12:34
This is very interesting, but why didn't they show an upper view of where they think this "split" may happen?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw on 2 April, 2018, 15:22
The split has already been happening. That's what the rift valleys are all about.
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 2 April, 2018, 16:28
How about filling the rift with fast drying concrete? Works in the movies!
Comment icon #5 Posted by bison on 2 April, 2018, 19:31
The map at the top of the article linked below gives an impression of what the split-apart Africa will look like, some millions of years hence: http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-03-31-bye-bye-east-africa-the-african-plate-is-splitting-in-two
Comment icon #6 Posted by spud the mackem on 2 April, 2018, 21:33
That's really useful knowledge when you're asked , where were you when it happened ..
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog on 3 April, 2018, 1:13
Living millions of years would be awesome to see these kind of phenomena evolving.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles on 3 April, 2018, 11:30
Madagascar 2.0 I agree with the frog, it sure would be neat to see the world in a few million years.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hammerclaw on 4 April, 2018, 3:38
Comment icon #10 Posted by Stubbly_Dooright on 13 April, 2018, 18:20
Where did you get this pic, Hammie?? I'm assuming this is also the effect of melting glaciers and such. Interestingly enough, comparing this pic tothis, looks like South America will be connecting to Antarctica. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe............... Wait! Where's Connecticut on there?! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hammerclaw on 13 April, 2018, 20:02
Sleepin' wit da fishes.


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