Splitting Africa: what happens when a continent breaks apart?

Agent-x - May 10 2012, 4:46 PM

According to The conversation-edu 10 April 2012 article by Eric Tohver, Assistant Professor of Geology at University of Western Australia, Modern-day Africa was the keystone of Gondwana, the aggregated mass of southern continents that co-existed for nearly 400m years.

That supercontinent has since split apart, creating the land masses we now recognise as South America, Australia, India, Madagascar, Antarctica and, of course, Africa.

And now, a new study published in Nature Geosciences is shedding light on how Africa is breaking up as well.

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