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Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
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04-12-2011 11:45 AM#1
OctoMother Superior
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Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
Europe's future lies under Africa, scientists suggest


Europe may be starting to burrow its way under Africa, geologists suggest.

The continents are converging; and for many millions of years, the northern edge of the African tectonic plate has descended under Europe.

But this process has stalled; and at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting last week, scientists said we may be seeing Europe taking a turn.

If they are correct, this would signal the start of a new subduction zone - a rare event, scientifically fascinating.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13015252

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04-12-2011 12:01 PM#2
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
Interesting. That will be a source of tremendous geological upheaval. It's postulated the Himalayans were formed via similar action; that would certainly change the landscape of southern Europe and northern Africa. damned.gif

yay.gif Sounds like a great place to build more nuclear plants! yay.gif

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04-12-2011 12:02 PM#3
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
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04-12-2011 02:10 PM#4
Tacolover IIMember
Posts: 443Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
(04-12-2011 12:01 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Interesting. That will be a source of tremendous geological upheaval. It's postulated the Himalayans were formed via similar action; that would certainly change the landscape of southern Europe and northern Africa. damned.gif

yay.gif Sounds like a great place to build more nuclear plants! yay.gif

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Interesting Indeed but no-not a good place to build a nuclear plant. Where did you go to school JR, Texas A&M perhaps?... chuckle.gif
04-12-2011 03:28 PM#5
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
(04-12-2011 02:10 PM)Tacolover II Wrote:  
(04-12-2011 12:01 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Interesting. That will be a source of tremendous geological upheaval. It's postulated the Himalayans were formed via similar action; that would certainly change the landscape of southern Europe and northern Africa. damned.gif

yay.gif Sounds like a great place to build more nuclear plants! yay.gif

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Interesting Indeed but no-not a good place to build a nuclear plant. Where did you go to school JR, Texas A&M perhaps?... chuckle.gif

drinking.gif rofl.gif No, not Texas A&M, I went to school in LA.

Lower Alabama.

I don't miss a trick do I partner? 37.gif

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04-12-2011 04:02 PM#6
Tacolover IIMember
Posts: 443Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
I have two hardcore friends devoted to their colleges.
1-UT(Referred to as a Tea Sipper)
1-A&M Aggie
Those two are the best of friends but listening to their conversations one would think they despise each other. I couldn't even sit at the same table watching March Madness Basketball as the bickering between the both of them. Football season is intolerable...lol.giflol.gif
A&M is a great school btw. Almost went there...
04-12-2011 04:40 PM#7
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts: 30,963Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
Quote:Football season is intolerable...

rofl.gif I can imagine, believe me.

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04-12-2011 05:17 PM#8
yankeesskier
Posts: 6,198Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
Libya would have a front row seat for this. chuckle.gif
04-12-2011 05:56 PM#9
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts: 30,963Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Europe to slide under Africa? Continent motion stalled after millions of years - " Rare event"
chuckle.gif That kind of "change" that the west sees as "necessary" seems to be on a tighter schedule than waiting for a geological time table to take out Gaddafi.

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