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  • New Ocean in Africa

    Very cool indeed, too bad about waiting 10 million years though.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_a...t/10415877.stm

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    Originally posted by joea View Post
    Very cool indeed, too bad about waiting 10 million years though.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_a...t/10415877.stm
    This is a manifestation of a plate tectonics "Triple Junction" spreading center.

    "The classic triple junction, however, is the Afar Triangle of East Africa. The Afar Triangle is actually a section of sea floor uplifted by the high heat flow from the plume beneath it. It sits at the junction of three currently active rift zones: the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the East African Rift Valley. At the opposite end of the Carlsberg Ridge - the spreading center responsible for opening the Gulf of Aden, is a plume beneath the Chagos Archipelago. This is the same plume that created the Maldive and Lacadive Islands farther north, and deposited the flood basalts of the Deccan Traps of India, when that subcontinent passed over the plume around 65 million years ago. "
    From:
    http://webspinners.com/dlblanc/tectonic/mechansm.php

    See also:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_junction
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