(ORDO NEWS) — New research shows that tectonic shifts along the East African Rift System are slowly tearing the continent apart.
A team of geologists found that Africa is breaking up into several smaller and larger tectonic blocks, thus creating a new ocean basin and forcing Madagascar to disintegrate into smaller islands in the Indian Ocean.
The only good news is that the decay will not happen any time soon, but over the next 5-10 million years.
But signs of this process can already be seen in places like Ethiopia, where in 2005 the earth was split by a 60 km long rift.
More recently, giant cracks have formed in Uganda and Kenya, South Africa.
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