December 9, 2005
Afar to secede - in 5046
Geologists witness 'ocean birth' - BBC science unit, San Francisco
Scientists say they have witnessed the possible birth of a future ocean basin growing in north-eastern Ethiopia.
The team watched an 8m rift develop in the ground in just three weeks in the Afar desert region last September.
It is one small step in a long-term split that is tearing the east of the country from the rest of Africa and should eventually create a huge sea.
Well, at least Ethiopia will get its coastline.
Posted by aheavens at December 9, 2005 6:15 AM