TIL African continent is being split into two due to the birth of a new ocean. In 2005, an 8 meter wide and 60km long stretch of the earth opened up over a period of just ten days.

TIL African continent is being split into two due to the birth of a new ocean. In 2005, an 8 meter wide and 60km long stretch of the earth opened up over a period of just ten days.
TIL African continent is being split into two due to the birth of a new ocean. In 2005, an 8 mete...

"Af" and "Rica."

Tectonic plates move slooooowly. Then really fast for a couple of seconds. Then slowly again.

Gotta love differences in perspective.

Scientists are all "Man, this is cool!"

Residents are all "My house don't float!"

Also, if the huge crack opened in 10 days, why will is take 10 million years for it to form completely? Seems a bit off to me, although admittedly this is really interesting.

I wonder if they've done any computer modeling to show exactly how this will happen, and predict the effects.

This is really fascinating - is there a map or something that shows what's happening? I briefly googled but couldn't find anything that seemed relevant.

in the remote Afar region

Aptly named.

Once again africa is experiencing apart tide.

I found this

Just wait and see what happens! /s

I think of them more as Rica AF.

The ground is ajar in Afar.

!RemindMe 50,000,000 years

Good source and computer modeling! u/countsudoku also gave the following links: wiki and article with pic.

For those not wanting to click sources - East Africa is making a break for it!

My question is, and I'm hoping someone can help me figure this out, the Himalayas were created by tectonic motion pushing India into Asia. In about 100 million years, could there be a chance in not only a new continent, but a new mountain range in possibly Madagascar? Do we foresee the plates shifting north, south or straight east?

All this is so interesting

So will this split create a new continent?

I suspect this is the work of Jafar.

only 50 million years to go!

If your looking to invest in some beachfront property at dirt cheap prices this is the spot, you may have to wait a "few" years but eventually it will pay off.

Africa and Bfrica

Afrexit

Halfrica

The east Africa rift system is the only continental/continental diverging plate boundary. The plates are moving apart which creates rifts and valleys and new lakes (like lake Victoria I think?). I'm a geo science major in college - correct me if my information is wrong but this is why I love geology and the earth. So fascinating!

Well, the good news is they have like 10 million years to sort it out before it happens.

If someone asked me to make a list of countries that would do fine on their own, Ethiopia and Somalia would not be on it. I hope things go well for them.

Truly bizarre.

Oceany McOceanface?

You're an optimistic one.

I like rocks

Afri and a.

Separated by the C

Everyone is immortal until they're not.

They want to be hip with the kids, after all.

Good

Where do you think "sound investment" came from?

"What do you study in school?" "Geo sciences" "Why?" "I like rocks"

I think the ocean will first penetrate Djibouti

Here's a live feed of the plates moving.

Here's a of the plates moving.

So, how far to the bazaar in afar now that the ground is ajar?

I bless the rains down in Halfrica

Separated by the C sea.

Or maybe they are just immortal.

The article states that it will create a new island, albeit a very large one, as it's mainly Ethiopia and Somalia which will detach from the African continent.

No, Halfrexita

And since it is Africa, there will be a 15 year guerilla war over naming rights, pitting the "Oceany McOceanface" tribe (led by the 17 year old warlord, Harambe) against the "Lakes Out for Harambe" tribe (led by the 15 year old warlord Jenny McGenocideface), resulting in the death of 10,000 combatants, the death of 300,000 due to famine and the displacement of 1.5M refugees.

Rica is lit AF these days

I wonder if they have bazaars there?

Quite far to the bazaar you'd have to drive there in a car.

Imgur Link (before we hug that other site to death)

So this has a bit more information, and a cool photo (though the site is kinda spammy).

This Wikipedia article also has some good information on it.

Essentially the continental plates are moving apart at a rate of a few centimetres a year. This rift was caused suddenly due to volcanic action in the region, though is connected to the larger/slower spread. This article also suggests a million years before the rift reaches the Red Sea and starts to flood.

Found the Northerner

sucks for that dude from yesterdays post with the genie that said only another immortal could kill him.

After reading these rhymes I need to hit the bar.

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Does it still count as beachfront if the body of water is a sound?

Har-dee-har-har

but a new mountain range in possibly Madagascar?

Not an expert (one can -- and probably will -- correct me if I've gotten something wrong), but probably nothing huge, if anything. The reason this is happening is because the Somali plate is diverging from the main African plate (this is also why we have rift lakes like Tanganyika and Malawi).

The mountains we see in the Himalayas and Andes share something common: two plates converging (colliding). Though the types vary (continental and continental in the Himalayas, continental and oceanic for the Andes). The Alps were formed in a similar way.

Anyway, you'll see a common theme: (most) mountain ranges are formed by colliding plates. As Madagascar is pretty much slap-bang in the middle of the Somali plate, we're not going to see this colliding, and thus, fold mountains.

Dibs on naming it.

I like turtles.

Welcome to Halfrica.

They always trying to divide us

That's because it probably wasn't plugged in, resulting in a lack of sound. That's literally an unsound investment which is why it failed.

Fun fact, the south of England will split off from the rest of the island as well due to the eroding river.

If the place is called Afar, then whatever is left behind better be called Ica.

Someone should start chucking bones in there to confuse the hell out of geologists 5 million years from now

Rica is lowkey lit af tbh fam.

I'm not sure, but it would explain why my dad bankrupted the family by buying a warehouse full of stereo equipment in 1991.

Holy shit it's running so smoothly, dope compression

We already own that motto here in Costa Rica. It's always Rica AF down here.

http://cdn.mg.co.za/crop/content/images/2015/03/31/easplitcopycopy.jpg/600x600

I'm hoping for an Elsweyr.

Somalia would benefit from more water ports and shorelines, but for different reasons.

Yes, but it keeps not happening.

Jesus Christ Marie! They're minerals!

Continents are kind of arbitrary. I mean, if you are going by plates then Saudi Arabia and India are continents, and there is no Europe.

Exactly what this guy said. Think of earthquakes. All good all good then fucking hell everything is gonna die then all good again.

I wish I had 10 million years to sort my shit out. Perhaps I could actually be sorted by the last million or so.

it's where the north american plate and the eurasian plate are diverging. they're moving away from one another and lava bubbles up to the surface, cools, turns in to rocks, which turn in to iceland.

Or ten days if another "event" happens

Does Jenny have a nice ass?

I like trains.

Just wait until he runs out of decoy snails

I blame Moses. That asshole is always splitting things.

I love lamp.

I always think of John Hammond from Jurassic Park. All dressed in white with his amber mosquito cane.

So basically another Madagascar? Ugh, Plague Inc is gonna be impossible.

Damn... I thought it would be more like this.

Damn... I thought it would be more like

Only if the water comes from somewhere and goes to somewhere else through it. Also, rivers have canoes. There are no canoes.

Like yo Mama's legs!!

When the article says Dr. Hammond this is what I imagined

When the article says Dr. Hammond

"Lucky bastards" - The State of California

Africa is losing its horn. It's called EAR and it's the reason there's a run of long thin lakes in East Africa

For referance, here's a helpful map of the plates and their general direction: map 

Either case, what you're saying makes sense to me (someone who knows even less about this stuff than you!), but pretty much you're saying that Madagascar will be coming along for the ride. 

2 questions about this though:


Is Madagascar on seperate plate? The Rovuma Plate. I can't find much material on it, but it appears to be a microplate, and I'm not sure if it includes Madagascar or if it really is even separate from the Somali plate. 
So let's say the plates keep moving the same direction their going (NE) and Madagascar is coming along for the ride, it looks like they'll be pounding into the Indian Plate -- which is pounding into the Eurasian Plate! I could be wrong on this (because I know almost absolutely nothing on the subject), but will the future humans/martians/humartians (created by martian + human sexy times!) of earth see Madagascar squished, super Himalayas, or India encased in mountains????

For referance, here's a helpful map of the plates and their general direction:

Either case, what you're saying makes sense to me (someone who knows even less about this stuff than you!), but pretty much you're saying that Madagascar will be coming along for the ride.

2 questions about this though:

Is Madagascar on seperate plate? The Rovuma Plate. I can't find much material on it, but it appears to be a microplate, and I'm not sure if it includes Madagascar or if it really is even separate from the Somali plate.

So let's say the plates keep moving the same direction their going (NE) and Madagascar is coming along for the ride, it looks like they'll be pounding into the Indian Plate -- which is pounding into the Eurasian Plate! I could be wrong on this (because I know almost absolutely nothing on the subject), but will the future humans/martians/humartians (created by martian + human sexy times!) of earth see Madagascar squished, super Himalayas, or India encased in mountains????

No they move slowly all the time. It's just that they have literally breaking points where tension is released on the surface (ex: earthquake) while the plates themselves don't increase speed.

Alaska can come too

Isn't this what we've all been waiting for with California?

Why would it be a new ocean and not just a new island in the Indian Ocean?

What could go wrong? You don't think basing an economy on famine and war will work?

Just a teeny tiny itty bitty bit of the transformation for you! In academia, this is known as the teeny tiny itty bitty principal. It's very science.

Smh

Its to die for....

In 50 million years: "TIL it used to be possibly to win Pandemic because there was only one Madagascar".

The more accepted path for plates has Africa go north and destroy the mediterranean entirely, merging Europe and Africa into a super continent Afro-Eurasia.

From there on, it seems the American plates are expected to revert course (From when they split from the 'Old World' to make the Atlantic) and go back towards Europe/Africa and fuse all into a new super continent, commonly called Pangea Ultima.

key is organization and discipline.

!RemindMe 10 million years

Even Africa is trying to get away from Africa!

I'm holding out hope that the M25 will eventually wear a moat around London, causing it to sink. Geology says it'll never happen, but I can dream.

So just an oppressive military dictatorship?