Since the continent of Africa consists of crust from both the African and the Somali plates, some literature refers to the African Plate as the Nubian Plate to distinguish it from the continent as a whole.
Is African Plate oceanic or continental?
The African Plate is both oceanic and continental. It has the whole African continent on top of it as well as the oceanic crust of the Atlantic Ocean….
How long before Africa splits?
It’s thought that Africa’s new ocean will take at least 5 million to 10 million years to form, but the Afar region’s fortuitous location at the boundaries of the Nubian, Somali and Arabian plates makes it a unique laboratory to study elaborate tectonic processes.
Is Africa breaking apart?
The African continent is slowly separating into several large and small tectonic blocks along the diverging East African Rift System, continuing to Madagascar — the long island just off the coast of Southeast Africa — that itself will also break apart into smaller islands.
What is the difference between continental and oceanic plates?
Continental plates are much thicker that Oceanic plates. At the convergent boundaries the continental plates are pushed upward and gain thickness. The rocks and geological layers are much older on continental plates than in the oceanic plates. The Continental plates are much less dense than the Oceanic plates.
Is Israel on the African tectonic plate?
Africans have always been an integral part of Israel’s landscape. In fact, Israel itself, being geologically situated as it is on the African tectonic plate, is a part of Africa.