Image by Kevin Hand.  See the whole slide show at http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=birth-of-an-ocean-how-it-works
Image by Kevin Hand. See the whole slide show at http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=birth-of-an-ocean-how-it-works

From the Afar Depression of northeastern Ethiopia southward 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) through Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, the African continent is coming unstitched in a process called continental rifting.

















"Africa is splitting apart at the seams—literally. From the southern tip of the Red Sea southward through Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, the continent is coming un­­stitched along a zone called the East African Rift." Read the whole article at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=birth-of-an-ocean

Listen to Sarika Cullis-Suzuki and Nick Eyles discuss volcanoes, moving continents, and how our oceans emerged from red hot magma by clicking on this link: http://cbc.ca/oneocean/audio.html?clipID=1423732180




On Beyond: Archeology, Seismic Testing, Birth of an Ocean University of Southern California TV

first Aired: 9/21/2009 - 27 minutes
Explore how high tech applications helped to rewrite ancient history, the largest seismic test facility in North America and the birth of an ocean. (#16792)

The part of the video about the ocean floor begins at minute 13.12 - about half way through the video.