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How was the Danakil Depression formed?

How was the Danakil Depression formed?

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Asked by E. Barnes, Last updated: May 02, 2021

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W. Mocroft

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Answered Nov 27, 2018

The Danakil Depression was formed by a process that the previous answer named as continental rifting. This is when the earth’s tectonic plates are pulling away from each other, creating a literal sinking of the earth.
However, the Danakil Depression - which is located in a remote area of Ethiopia - also has active volcanoes.

These volcanoes were created through an entirely different process, one where the tectonic plates pushed the land up and created a channel for the magma underneath. With time, the tectonic plates started to shift away from each other, allowing the land to sink while the volcanoes remained active.

This particular wonder of the world is made even more interesting because of the lava, the mud, and the creatures that live there.

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V. Barnes

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Answered Jun 13, 2018

The Danakil Depression is one of the world's natural wonders. In a remote region of Ethiopia, this strange lunar landscape is studded with active volcanoes. The lava burns blue, there are areas of bright yellow and of bubbling mud. Very dramatic! It was formed by the Earth's surface tearing apart at the seams.

This tectonic process called continental rifting is evident In North Africa, where the land surface between the Danakil alps and the Ethiopian Plateau is sinking.

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