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Death of a Continent, Birth of an Ocean

Africa’s Afar region gives glimpses of geology in action

10:30am, June 17, 2011

To those who live there, east Africa’s Afar region is “the place the devil plows.” One of the hottest and lowest areas on Earth, it is a landscape of baking desert and barren lava flows. To scientists, though, Afar means something more promising: geology in the raw.

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