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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


Our new work Normal fault reactivation during multiphase extension: analogue models and application to the Turkana depression, East Africa by Wang et al has been accepted for publication on Tectonophysics

Our new work Lower crustal earthquakes in the March 2018 sequence along the Western Margin of Afar by La Rosa et al has been published on GCubed

Our new work Plate-boundary kinematics of the Afrera linkage zone (Afar) from InSAR and seismicity by La Rosa et al has been accepted for publication on Journal of Geophysical Research

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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
Last updated on May 3rd 2021