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As unbelievable as it may sound, it is true that Africa is breaking into two continents because of an undergoing geological divide beneath the surface of the earth. By Kumar Shree
Most of us have heard the story about how the entire landmass of earth used to be a consolidated unit thousands of years ago, which gradually split up and took the form that we know today. Well, it seems like we will probably witness the likes of such a phenomenon, or at least a hint of it in our lifetimes. A noticeable crack in the earth’s surface in Kenya has fuelled the speculation that Africa is breaking into two. Geologists believe that the divide running towards the side of the continent will split up into a new ocean basin.
The crack that first appeared about a year ago has since been growing due to the many natural factors including rain. It is believed that the breakup of the African continent and a superheated crust sitting underneath the earth’s belly is causing this effect. This will make Africa break into two along the eastern periphery. While we have managed to see the initiation of it, scientists conclude that it will take millions of years for the process to complete and allow the seawater to flow in, and separate the landmasses forever.
Scientists have urged the countries within the Horn of Africa to speed up their geological studies to be able to identify gauge lines and patterns and predict any upcoming disasters because of the ongoing process.
This is not the first time that mankind is witnessing such a phenomenon. Saudi Arabia was also separated from the African continent, giving way to the present-day Red Sea.