Birth of a new ocean?
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This is too ridiculous to go anywhere else but the Pig Roast:
 
Scientists watch for birth of a new sea
Fissure opens up in Ethiopian desert; process could take a million years
The Associated Press Updated: 3:55 p.m. ET Dec. 10, 2005
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopian, American and European researchers have observed a fissure in a desert in the remote northeast that could be the "birth of a new ocean basin," scientists said Friday.
Researchers from Britain, France, Italy and the United States have been observing the 37-mile-long (60-kilometer-long) fissure since it split open in September in the Afar desert and estimate it will take a million years to fully form into an ocean, said Dereje Ayalew, who leads the team of 18 scientists studying the phenomenon.
 
Quote:They are certainly going to need to take their vitamins to see this million year event through!
The fissure, now 13 feet (4 meters) wide, formed in just three weeks after a Sept. 14 earthquake in a barren region called Boina, some 621 miles (990 kilometers) northeast of the capital, Addis Ababa, said Dereje.
"We believe we have seen the birth of a new ocean basin," said Dereje of Addis Ababa University. "This is unprecedented in scientific history because we usually see the split after it has happened. But here we are watching the phenomenon."
The findings were presented at a weeklong American Geophysical Union meeting taking place in San Francisco.
"It's amazing," the BBC quoted one of the Afar researchers, Cindy Ebinger of the Royal Holloway University of London, as saying in San Francisco. "It's the first large event we've seen like this in a rift zone since the advent of some of the space-based techniques we're now using, and which give us a resolution and a detail to see what's really going on and how the earth processes work."
 
Quote:Amazing? What is amazing is that these people are probably getting paid quite alot.
Watching a long process
The Ethiopian Afar Geophysical Lithospheric Experiment, involving scientists from Royal Holloway and the universities of Leicester, Leeds and Addis Ababa, is using sensitive instruments to study what is happening deep within the earth.

Dereje said that the split is the beginning of a long process, which will eventually lead to Ethiopia's eastern part tearing off from the rest of Africa, with a sea forming in the gap. The Afar desert is being torn off the continent by about 0.8 inches (20 millimeters) each year.
"The crust under Afar is becoming like the crust found in the Red Sea," said Dereje, head of earth science at Addis Ababa University. "Once the crust is formed you will have water because it is a low area and the water will migrate from the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It becomes a basin."
The scientists plan to set up an observatory to watch the split and see how it develops.
 
Quote:They better hurry before their million years is up.
 
 
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You said it very well -Too ridiculous for words!
 
 
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Quote:They are certainly going to need to take their vitamins to see this million year event through!

I wonder how many graduate students are going to get hoodwinked into "watching" this ocean form for their Ph.D. [Image: jestera.gif]



Quote:Amazing? What is amazing is that these people are probably getting paid quite alot.

Are you kidding, Kathy? I wish I was as overpaid as persons in other professions!
Scientists don't get paid diddily-squat unless they work in industry. We're definately not in it for the money [Image: glasses.gif] [Image: laff.gif]
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Jadesfire20 Wrote:Are you kidding, Kathy? I wish I was as overpaid as persons in other professions!

 
I wish you were, too. :)

Jadesfire20 Wrote:Scientists don't get paid diddily-squat unless they work in industry. We're definately not in it for the money [Image: glasses.gif] [Image: laff.gif]

I will keep that in mind Jades, since I have no idea what I'm going to do with all these classes I am taking. [Image: glasses.gif] [Image: laff.gif]
 

 
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AdoramusTeChriste Wrote:

I will keep that in mind Jades, since I have no idea what I'm going to do with all these classes I am taking. [Image: glasses.gif] [Image: laff.gif]


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Well like I said, industry is the place for big money. If you're interested in that, you should take laboratory classes, esp. in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology. That would gain you marketable skills and experience. Plus then you could use your profs as references.
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