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Has Africa begun to split into two continents?

The discovery of a large rift near the Kenyan capital of Nairobi has reinforced a scientific view that is rapidly accelerating the tectonic plateleting of the African continent, leading to the eventual division of Africa into two continents.

The large “crack” in southwestern Kenya in the Narok region late last week, several hundred meters deep and 15 meters deep, cut off the May-Maho-Narukh trade route.

The astonishing images of this cracking prompted some scientific bodies to consider what had happened as evidence of the future separation of the continent into two parts. However, the French newspaper Le Parisien pointed out that this theory – certainly based on scientific reality – is far from consensus among researchers.

The Kenyan region is located in the Great Rift Valley, which stretches thousands of kilometers from the Gulf of Aden in the north to Zimbabwe in the south. The rift affects the outer layer of the earth’s crust, which is the first step in the process of separating the continent into Two parts mediated by an ocean, and that is a very slow process, according to Lubarizian.

“It was this growing rift that caused the collapse of part of the Nairobi-Naroc road, which was accompanied by seismic activity in the region,” the paper quoted London University researcher Lucía Perez Diaz as saying in an article published on the English website The Conferencing.

“What we see in front of us is a rift that is certainly over thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of years,” the US geologist Ben Andrews said in an interview with CBS.

According to Andrews, recent heavy rains in Kenya have revealed a deeper phenomenon, the movement of tectonic plates, that is, led to cracks in the earth’s crust moving about 2.5 cm per year, as he put it.

However, Luparisian cited the hypothesis of the US seismologist Stephen Hicks as saying in a tweet on Twitter that “this fault has not been accompanied by seismic activities, and there is no sign that the direct cause is the Great Rift Valley.”

In this context, Hicks said he preferred the simpler option, which was due to the floods caused by heavy rains in Kenya, but that the cause of the crack was not movement in tectonic plates.

US geologist Wendy Bohun agreed with this view, asserting at the same time that this does not affect her belief that the African continent is in the process of separation to two continents.

If this gradual “separation” continues, it will separate the Horn of Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania from the continent. But such a scenario would take tens of millions of years, Lobarezian said.
Source: French Press

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