May 25, 2024

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An overhead view of the East African Rift, with a river in a cultivated valley flanked by steep cliffs

Is Africa divided into two continents?

The East African Rift is a network of valleys stretching from the Red Sea to Mozambique. Here, we see cultivated fields in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley. (Photo credit: LuCaAr via Getty Images)

A giant fissure is slowly tearing apart Africa, the second largest continent. This depression – known as the East African Rift – is a network of valleys stretching some 2,175 miles (3,500 km) in length, from the Red Sea to Mozambique, According to the Geological Society of London.

Will Africa be completely torn apart, and if so, when will it be divided? To answer this question, let’s look at the area tectonic platesthe outer parts of the planet’s surface that can collide with each other, forming mountains, or break apart, forming vast basins.