Friday, November 25, 2011
The Red Sea Rift
The orientation of this satelite image would be rotated 80 degrees clockwise if it were accurate. The triangular shape in the middle is the Sinai Peninsular and the sea to its left, right and following through to what should be the south is the Red Sea. The part of the Red Sea to the right of the peninsular is the Gulf of Aquaba and to the right of that is Saudi Arabia. To the north is Jordan, Syria and Israel.
The Red Sea Rift runs from Israel all the way down through the Dead Sea (small lake shape), through the Gulf of Aquaba and down through the Red Sea with East Africa on the left and Saudi Arabia to the right.
A tectonic rift is...
In geology, a rift or chasm is a place where the Earth's crust and lithosphere are being pulled apart and is an example of extensional tectonics. Typical rift features are a central linear downfaulted segment, called a graben, with parallel normal faulting and rift-flank uplifts on either side forming a rift valley, where the rift remains above sea level. The axis of the rift area commonly contains volcanic rocks, and active volcanism is a part of many, but not all active rift systems.
The Red Sea Rift is what actually caused the creation of the Red Sea. Some out of this world natural events must surely have occured in this highly volcanic region in times past.
This is a partially complete list of volcanoes in the Middle East.
On the Rift Valley....
This comment, meant sarcastically, was left on a post on Jihad Watch by 'Ebonystone', who is probably now wishing she'd not been so cocky....
It's always better to at first establish the facts before trying to be funny.
More info on the Jordan Rift Valley here.