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Scientific Debate Centers On Giant Crack In Africa's Rift Valley

A deep, wide gash has slashed across the Great Rift Valley floor in a geologically hot part of Kenya. Some wonder if East Africa will eventually separate from the continent. STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: ... read more

The Earth’s Shell Has Cracked, and We’re Drifting on the Pieces

The theory of plate tectonics is one of the great scientific advances of our age ... or pulling apart at Africa’s Great Rift Valley. All this convective bubbling up and recycling between crust and ... read more

One Hot Island: Iceland's Renewable Geothermal Power

Plus, nowhere else other than the Great Rift Valley in Africa ... of geothermal electricity are scheduled to go online just to serve a single new aluminum smelter in Bakki, in the north of the country ... read more

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Great Human Odyssey

NARRATOR: In the beginning, Africa was our only homeland ... enhanced by groundbreaking scientific discoveries, all over the world. A new set of human remains, for example, has been recently unearthed ... read more


Is Middle America Due For a Huge Earthquake?

But in the center ... African Rift Valley—and it invited prehistoric crocodiles and dinosaurs to its shores. But the division also left behind a bedrock riven with the geological equivalent of stretch ... read more

How One Woman's Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology

Studying the crack in the ocean floor, Tharp could see it was too large, too contiguous, to be anything but a rift valley, a place where two masses of land had separated. When she compared it to a ... read more

Plate tectonics may be responsible for evolution of life on Earth, say scientists

The theory of plate tectonics is one of the great scientific advances of our age ... or pulling apart at Africa’s Great Rift Valley. All this convective bubbling up and recycling between crust and ... read more

Follow the Connecticut River for a perfect New England road trip in fall

A five-day road trip in North Africa takes you from the Sahara through Berber ... In geological time, the Connecticut River is practically a mayfly. Its underlying rift valley cracked open when ... read more

We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory

“We’ve Been Wrong Before” is Popular Mechanics' encyclopedia of scientific ... south like a giant seam down the middle of the ocean, dubbed the mid-Atlantic ridge. Tharp discovered that the mountains ... read more

Scientific Debate Centers On Giant Crack In Africa's Rift Valley

STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: There are more volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, and then there is Kenya, where the earth seemed to crack open recently. NPR's Eyder Peralta investigated. EYDER PERALTA, BYLINE: The ... read more

We’re drifting on pieces of the Earth’s shell

The theory of plate tectonics is one of the great scientific advances of our age, up there with Darwin’s theory of evolution and Einstein’s theory of relativity. The idea that Earth’s outer shell is ... read more



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