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Plate Movement in the Afar Region

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The African Rift Valley is currently an active tectonic region. What is the kind of tectonic activity is taking place in the Afar Region? What are some features of the region?

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This solution explains plate movement and some of the resulting geological features in the Afar region. The sources used are also included in the solution.

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The Afar region is a place where continental lithosphere is being stretched and is splitting. The Arabian plate is shifting away from the African plate along an active divergent ridge system. In the past the rifting away has formed the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The rifting of the plates has reached the East African rift valley and is splitting to form two new plates the Nubian and Somalian Plates. It is ...

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