April 15, 2007
In East Africa Studying the Biggest Magmatic Rift Event Ever Seen


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Lamont Research Professor
Associate Director - Marine Geology and Geophysics
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

In September 2005 a 40-mile long crack opened in the Earth. Satellite images showed that this was the largest magmatic rifting event ever seen. Is the African continent splitting at the seams? Roger Buck will describe the science behind the cracking event and similar ones in Iceland, and will share his experiences traveling and working in this remote and dangerous desert area at the southern end of the Red Sea.