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Posted: 11/3/2009 10:52:41 AM EST
And everybody is worried about California sliding into the ocean.

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.

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.

"We know that seafloor ridges are created by a similar intrusion of magma into a rift, but we never knew that a huge length of the ridge could break open at once like this," said Cindy Ebinger, professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester and co-author of the study.

The result shows that highly active volcanic boundaries along the edges of tectonic ocean plates may suddenly break apart in large sections, instead of in bits, as the leading theory held. And such sudden large-scale events on land pose a much more serious hazard to populations living near the rift than would several smaller events, Ebinger said.

"The whole point of this study is to learn whether what is happening in Ethiopia is like what is happening at the bottom of the ocean where it's almost impossible for us to go," says Ebinger. "We knew that if we could establish that, then Ethiopia would essentially be a unique and superb ocean-ridge laboratory for us. Because of the unprecedented cross-border collaboration behind this research, we now know that the answer is yes, it is analogous."

The African and Arabian plates meet in the remote Afar desert of Northern Ethiopia and have been spreading apart in a rifting process - at a speed of less than 1 inch per year - for the past 30 million years. This rifting formed the 186-mile Afar depression and the Red Sea. The thinking is that the Red Sea will eventually pour into the new sea in a million years or so. The new ocean would connect to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, an arm of the Arabian Sea between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia in eastern Africa.

Atalay Ayele, professor at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, led the investigation, gathering seismic data with help from neighboring Eritrea and Ghebrebrhan Ogubazghi, professor at the Eritrea Institute of Technology, and from Yemen with the help of Jamal Sholan of the National Yemen Seismological Observatory Center.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:53:17 AM EST
Thread title is misleading.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:53:52 AM EST
I can make money off of this, somehow...I need to pin the details........
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:54:05 AM EST
Oh, this is a serious thread. I thought maybe Oprah went home.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:54:30 AM EST
Even better if Africa falls into the ocean. Bonus points if Cali and Africa go at the same time.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:54:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 11:10:42 AM EST by The_Beer_Slayer]
coc
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:54:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By Khemist:
Thread title is misleading.





Just what in the hell were you hoping to see?
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:55:05 AM EST
Yes, there is a spreading center there.

Buncha separatists.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:55:36 AM EST
It's man-made global cracking.

I'm super serial.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:56:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg

How long have you been waiting to use that pic?
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:56:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:
Oh, this is a serious thread. I thought maybe Oprah went home.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:56:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg


I'd like to see the crack in Antarctica.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:58:05 AM EST
Count me in, also.

Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg


I'd like to see the crack in Antarctica.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:58:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg


I'd like to see the crack in Antarctica.


I would like to accompany on your trek to the south pole.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:00:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg


I'd like to see the crack in Antarctica.
I would like to strike it with my rod from god.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:02:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg

This proves it - Africa is the asshole of the Earth.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:04:58 AM EST
Good lord! One of the digital designers came up to me this morning and out of the blue started spewing a bunch of doomsday stuff about 2012, California and this very crack. He's got poor English skills and a heavy Ukranian accent––couldn't tell if he'd gone off the reservation of if he was just f'ing with me.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:05:28 AM EST
That area is loaded with volcanoes, lots of earthquakes there.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:05:41 AM EST
Bush's fault and only Obama can make it right again.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:06:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 11:23:02 AM EST by Dilbert_556]
Originally Posted By FunYun1983:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg


I'd like to see the crack in Antarctica.


I would like to accompany on your trek to the south pole.


Don't forget to post pictures of yourselves in Cameroon.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:07:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg


Why did I just save that pic?

Rob
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:08:33 AM EST
cool
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:10:04 AM EST
You can kiss Djibouti goodbye.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:10:22 AM EST
By the title, I thought Oprah was traveling in Africa.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:11:56 AM EST


Did somebody say CRACK?!
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:21:10 AM EST
At what point do we throw the chosen one (Obama) in to the volcano as a sacrifice so he saves the world.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:28:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By SWS:
It's man-made global cracking.

I'm super serial.


And it's Bush's fault, cuz he hates black people.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:32:07 AM EST
I've also heard that there's a fissure on Uranus.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:32:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By Road-kill:
At what point do we throw the chosen one (Obama) in to the volcano as a sacrifice so he saves the world.

It will have to Biden to fulfill the prophesy. They'll convince him he has a brain cloud.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:33:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By MustardTiger:
http://dailybail.com/storage/_Tyrone20Biggums.jpg

Did somebody say CRACK?!


LOL...
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:41:37 AM EST
Always knew that continent was broken, this proves it.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:42:56 AM EST
Africa.....the Continent that just keeps on giving.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:47:42 AM EST
What bad luck, it's not the kinda crack you can sell....
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:48:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By sd0324:
Africa.....the Continent that just keeps on giving back crack.




There fixed it for ya'
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:49:04 AM EST
Without reading the article, is there anything new that we didn't already know?
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:52:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By nobodyg17:
Even better if Africa falls into the ocean. Bonus points if Cali and Africa go at the same time.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:54:12 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 11:57:27 AM EST by JonnyVain]
Dabbahu


They named it after our last president.


Originally Posted By PBIR:

Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg

How long have you been waiting to use that pic?

PBIR I HATE YOUR AVATAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 12:57:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By PBIR:

Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
There's a crack in Africa allright:

http://www.funnycoolstuff.com/images/world-map.jpg

How long have you been waiting to use that pic?

Not meant as a hi-jack, but where is the original posting by bulldog?
I have seen this phenomena several times, but never followed up.

Did a Mod just delete it, or what?
Anybody?

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:03:49 PM EST
Natural garbage dump. Back up, dump load, watch it disappear like magic into the depths. Win/Win.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:09:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By Khemist:
Thread title is misleading.
this...I thought it was about a giant vial of crack...

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:10:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By sd0324:
Africa.....the Continent that just keeps on giving.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:12:47 PM EST
Here I thought this thread was going to be about Gwar's never-ending search for crack.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:12:47 PM EST
It's the white mans fault. If we never colonized Ethiopia this never would've happened.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:18:35 PM EST
That's why Ethiopia is so shitty...
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:20:32 PM EST
It's really a black hole, not a crack.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 2:02:12 PM EST
How'd we get this far along without this?

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 2:06:19 PM EST
Is the Wookie traveling again?

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 2:07:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By azdesertman:
You can kiss Djibouti goodbye.







Link Posted: 11/3/2009 2:08:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:
How'd we get this far along without this?

http://www.sessionmagazine.com/img/bizarre-oddities/flies-on-ass/flies-on-ass01.jpg


2/10, no gun, no napkin.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 2:15:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 2:16:24 PM EST by flyfishnepa]


great.

now the somali pirates will have two bodies of water to pillage and plunder.











Link Posted: 11/3/2009 5:30:16 PM EST
I thought ofra was over there
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