Giant Crack in Africa Will Create a New Ocean

A 35-mile rift in the desert of Ethiopia will likely become a new ocean eventually, researchers now confirm.

The crack, 20 feet wide in spots, opened in 2005 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.

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Interesting if true. :slight_smile:

Or will it become a sea? Or a lake? Or a pond? :slight_smile:

I remember years ago when I had fish tanks, I had a number of ciclids from the Rift lakes in East Africa. I heard even then that this rift where these lake are would eventually split the easter part off of africa much like Madagascar is now.
Sounds like this new rift could be the next “extension” of this process


This is not exactly news to the geological community.

The Red Sea is a product of a rift that broke the Arabian Peninsula off of Africa a couple of million years ago. The “East African Rift Valley” is part of this same system and in the area of the Congo keeps the volcanoes active. Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and could spring back to life one of these days. The Dankil depression in Ethiopia is already below sea level and once a gap appears in the mountain range along the shore, the Red Sea will pour in.

In the geological scheme of things it is not a question of if but when but when compared with the length of individual human lifetimes it may seem quite long, but in the history of the planet, a mere blink of an eye.

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