Link of the Day: The Ocean is not Silent

BBC News – Africa ‘witnessing birth of a new ocean’

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 09:21 PM PDT

“Dr James Hammond, a seismologist from the University of Bristol – who has been working in Afar – says that parts of the region are below sea level and the ocean is only cut off by about a 20-metre block of land in Eritrea. “Eventually this will drift apart,” he told the BBC World Service. “The sea will flood in and will start to create this new ocean. ‘It will pull apart, sink down deeper and deeper and eventually… parts of southern Ethiopia, Somalia will drift off, create a new island, and we’ll have a smaller Africa and a very big island that floats out into the Indian Ocean.’”


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