Giant crack in Africa may become a new ocean

A 35-mile rift in the Ethiopian desert will likely become a new ocean eventually connecting the Red Sea with the Arabian Sea, researchers now confirm.

The crack that was opened in 2005 is about 20 feet wide in spots, and some geologists believed then that it would spawn a new ocean. But that view was controversial, and the rift had not been well studied.

A new study involving an international team of scientists and reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters finds the processes creating the rift are nearly identical to what goes on at the bottom of oceans, further indication a sea is in the region's future.

The same rift activity is slowly parting the Red Sea, too.

Using newly gathered seismic data from 2005, researchers reconstructed the event to show the rift tore open along its entire 35-mile length in just days. Dabbahu, a volcano at the northern end of the rift, erupted first, then magma pushed up through the middle of the rift area and began "unzipping" the rift in both directions, the researchers explained in a statement today.


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Wow.. If this really happen, it will really change the earth geographically.

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