A 50-foot deep crack in the earth has appeared Africa that some scientists say is a sign the continent will split in two.
“We’re seeing a crack that in all likelihood formed over many thousands of years or hundreds of thousands of years,” Ben Andrews, a geologist with the Smithsonian, told CBS News.
Some scientists say the crack could be an indication of tectonic plate movement that could result in the continent splitting in two in 50 million years.
A massive crack that is up to 50-feet suddenly opened up in the ground in Africa. The crack stretches along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and many scientists believe it could end up breaking Africa’s continent apart https://t.co/wChPaunVo9 pic.twitter.com/7VUQTQeAeX
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Others downplayed the crack as a result of heavy rains, and not shifting plates on the Earth’s crust.
“I think it’s an Earth fissure, the same sort of thing that you see in Arizona after heavy rain storms,” earthquake geologist Wendy Bohon said. “They’re the result of heavier torrential rains that come and wash away large portions of the dirt in the ground. To me it looks pretty cut and dry. It wasn’t a result of the tectonics, it was the result of the weather.”
The crack appeared along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, and stretches from Somalia in east Africa all the way down to South Africa.
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