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Plate Tectonics of the Red Sea and East Africa


The relative motion between the plates on each side of the East African Rift Valley can be obtained from the opening of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The calculated direction of relative motion agrees well with fault plane solutions for earthquakes north of the equator.

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MCKENZIE, D., DAVIES, D. & MOLNAR, P. Plate Tectonics of the Red Sea and East Africa. Nature 226, 243–248 (1970).

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