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Geologists witness 'ocean birth'

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posted on Dec, 8 2005 @ 09:37 PM
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Geologists witness 'ocean birth'

Scientists say they have witnessed the possible birth of a future ocean basin growing in north-eastern Ethiopia.

The team watched an 8m rift develop in the ground in just three weeks in the Afar desert region last September.

It is one small step in a long-term split that is tearing the east of the country from the rest of Africa and should eventually create a huge sea.

The UK-Ethiopian group says it was astonished at the speed with which the 60km-long fissure developed.

"It's the first large event we've seen like this in a rift zone since the advent of some of the space-based techniques we're now using, and which give us a resolution and a detail to see what's really going on and how the earth processes work; it's amazing," said Cindy Ebinger, from Royal Holloway University of London.

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Another cool story, courtesy of Mother Earth...




posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 12:06 PM
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It is this kind of story that fascinates me. To be able to witness something of this magnitude is truly mind boggling.



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