Unformatted text preview: Dabbahu volcano erupted at the northern end of the rift then magma pushed up through the middle of the rift and began “unzipping” the rift in both directions. Researchers believe this is very similar event which happens often at the edges of tectonic ocean plates. The point of this study is to learn whether this event in Ethiopia is similar to what is happening at the bottom of the ocean. This will give researchers a sense of what is going on at the bottom of the ocean since it is impossible for them to go that deep to witness the event. By studying this rift, researcher will know how oceans are formed in the past....
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- Fall '09
- Plate Tectonics, Rift, New Ocean