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Re: Tectonic News
Interesting. Thanks for telling us this.
But I didn't get it wrong by guessing that what's going on in Ethipia
isn't a new rift and could have something to do with the Rift Valley!
Folks, this article says a rift created in northern Ethiopia by a recent
earthquake is the beginning of continental rifting.
I don't think so. That would take more than a single minor fault!
And the Rift Valley is a failed continental rift. It runs to that
region. Occasionally tectonic activity happens along those old failed
The hypothesis that the Rift Valley is a failed rift is outdated. Numerous
lines of research in the 1990s, including work using GPS readings, has
demonstrated that it is still active, and that the Ethiopian section of
Africa (aka the Ethiopian Plate) is headed eastward relative to the rest
of Africa at rates comparable to those of other divergent boundaries. So,
cool news of the manifestation of the latest rip in the Rift Valley!
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
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