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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

New paper of interest: Magmatism and deformation during continental breakup by Derek Keir, Astronomy and Geophysics, 55 (5): 5.18-5.22

We will contribute to the volume "Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia" (Springer) with the paper "Rift-related morphology of the Afar Depression"

New paper of interest: Flip-flop detachment tectonics at nascent passive margins in SE Afar by Geoffroy et al., Journal of the Geological Society, 171, 689-694

New paper of interest: Seismicity and subsidence following the 2011 Nabro eruption, Eritrea: Insights into the plumbing system of an off-rift volcano by Hamlyn et al., Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2014JB011395

Our new paper "Spatial variability of volcanic features in early-stage rift settings: the case of the Tanzania divergence, East African rift system" by Isola et al. has been accepted for publication in Terra Nova (doi: 10.1111/ter.12121)

5th African Rift Geothermal Conference - Arusha, Tanzania, 27th Oct-2nd Nov 2014

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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 October 1st 2014