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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 forces 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

Our new work Quantitative constraints on faulting and fault slip-rates in the northern Main Ethiopian Rift by Siegburg et al has been accepted for publication on Tectonics

Our new work Recent volcano-tectonic activity of the Ririba rift and the evolution of rifting in South Ethiopia by Franceschini et al has been accepted for publication on Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research

Our new work Mechanism for deep crustal seismicity: Insight from modeling of deformation process at the Main Ethiopian Rift by Muluneh et al has been published onGCubed

Our new workTectonics of the Asela-Langano margin, Main Ethiopian Rift (East Africa) by Corti et al has been accepted for publication on Tectonics

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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 16th 2020