According to geologists, Africa might eventually split into two separate continents, even if it will take tens of millions of years. It’s not like experts were not aware that this would eventually happen, but things became even clearer when a large rift, stretching over a few miles, appeared in southwestern Kenya after a heavy rain. What’s even more worrying is that the huge tear keeps on growing and even collapsed a part of a highway. Moreover, seismic activity reportedly accompanied its appearance in that area.
The region where the crack made its appearance is called the East African Rift Valley. It’s more than 50 feet deep and 65 feet across. A rift valley gets its name from the fact that there is usually a lowland region there where tectonic plates move apart or even rift. This valley actually splits the African continent into two unequal parts. The Somali plate is the smaller one while the Nubian plate is much larger in size. At one point in the future, this rift will cause Africa to split into two separate parts, forming two new continents with the smaller one including Somalia and parts of Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Africa will eventually split into two continents
A crack that opened up in Kenya’s Rift Valley, damaging a section of the Narok-Nairobi highway, is still growing… pic.twitter.com/T5YocDauYj
— BBC (@BBC) March 26, 2018
According to geologists, a similar rift once separated Africa and South America from the Atlantic Ocean. There is a very high possibility that the rift in eastern Africa might grow to do the almost same thing with the continent. However, this process happens very slowly and can take up to millions of years until something significant happens.
Usually, dramatic events like huge earthquakes can make this process happen quicker than usual. However, most probably, this new rift will do its job and split Africa without anyone even noticing until it’s done. It will take a while, but eventually, it will happen.
So this will happen in the next 50M yrs. Can’t wait pic.twitter.com/g2uogxK9or
— K!M ??™ (@Nel_kimz) March 20, 2018
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