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The Ethiopian Rift Valley

The African rift valley is one of the most fascinating natural wonders, known for its unique biodiversity and for being considered -for the important paleoanthropologic discoveries- the "cradle of mankind", i.e. the place where our species has evolved and diversified in the last millions of years. Characterized by a system of linear valleys extending for thousands of kilometers, the rift valley is a huge fracture on the surface of our planet that progressively widens with time, tearing the eastern portion of the African continent apart. It represents a geological wonder where volcanism, earthquakes and fracturing of the Earth's crust are the surface expressions of the enormous wforces that shape our planet. These web pages are dedicated to the analysis of the Ethiopian sector of the African rift valley, an ideal natural laboratory to analyze the evolution and dynamics of continental extension and the rupture of lithospheric plates.

NEWS

New paper of interest: GPS constraints on broad scale extension in the Ethiopian Highlands and Main Ethiopian Rift by Birhanu et al., Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/GRL.54651

New paper of interest: Nature and evolution of lithospheric mantle beneath the southern Ethiopian rift zone: evidence from petrology and geochemistry of mantle xenoliths by Alemayehu et al., Int J Earth Sci (Geol Rundsch), DOI 10.1007/s00531-016-1342-z

New paper of interest: Petrogenesis and origin of modern Ethiopian rift basalts: Constraints from isotope and trace element geochemistry by Ayelew et al., Lithos, 258259, 114

New paper of interest: Deformation, annealing, reactive melt percolation, and seismic anisotropy in the lithospheric mantle beneath the southeastern Ethiopian rift: Constraints from mantle xenoliths from Mega by Tommasi et al., Tectonophysics DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2016.05.027

New volume The African Quaternary: environments, ecology and human just published on Quaternary International

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For more information please contact:
Dr. Giacomo Corti, National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources
Via G. La Pira, 4, 50121 Firenze, Italia - Email: giacomo.corti@igg.cnr.it | Telephone: +390552757524
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Last updated on July 20th 2016