The Splitting of Africa: Is a New Ocean Forming?

Africa's geological landscape is shaped by plate tectonics.

The African Plate is bordered by several others, causing it to split.

The East African Rift System is active and could birth a new ocean.

Seafloor spreading occurs as plates diverge, creating a gap.

The new crust pushes the continents apart, forming a new ocean.

The East African Rift System is forming new crust at a rate of 6-7mm/year.

A new ocean could provide new shipping routes and resources.

However, it could also cause environmental and ecological impacts.

Marine life and weather patterns could be disrupted.

The formation of a new ocean could lead to new nations and borders.

Sustainable solutions and cooperation will be key to navigating this phenomenon.