The African continent will break through 10 million years, say scientists

In the next 10 million years the African continent could split in two, it is the conclusion reached geoscientists, reports newsru.com with reference to German publication Der Spiegel.

According to the researchers, because of the increased number of earthquakes and large volcanic earth is beginning to crack, letting water in its place of the ocean. So, for example, the first crack is beginning to fill the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. While formerly the process was hidden from the eyes of scientists under the sea water, in the desert Afar rift in Ethiopia is on the surface and available research.

According to scientist Tim Wright of the University of Leeds, in the last 5 years the formation of the ocean in North Africa greatly accelerated. "Magma continues to surface, this suggests that the underground processes continue and eventually lead to the fact that in 10 million years a piece of Africa secede and begin to drift," — says the publication.

First of geological instability in the region reported 6 years ago: in 2005 erupted Dabbahu in Ethiopia, leading to earthquakes and the formation of a split in the ground 60 km long. Eric Jacques from the Paris Institute of Physics of the world says that magma is moving at a speed of 30 meters per second. A satellite data show that the length of 200 km of land is similar to the hot asphalt.

In terms of information obtained from satellites, scientists conclude that today and East Egypt heated by underground movement of magma. Also, according to scientists in the next 10 years is expected to increase in volcanic activity in the African Region.

Source: http://eco.rian.ru/discovery/20110124/325579465.html

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