Tectonic Movements in Africa and Arabian Peninsula

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Subject Area:Religion

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About 50 million years ago, the Arabian plate snapped from the African continent and joined the Southeast Asia, eventually forming the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. In recent geological history, the African plate and the Arabian plate have been moving northward and are hitting with the Eurasian plate. The movement between the Arabian plate and African plate is divergent because the plates are slowly moving away from each other. There are also convergent boundaries where plates collide or come together. According to the film, the movements of the plates are associated with the above-mentioned types of boundaries. How Scientists are Studying Changes in the Earth Surface In the Voyage of the Continents: Africa Today, it can be clearly seen that the plate tectonic theory is used by scientists to explain the large scale movement of continental plates as well as the motion of numerous smaller plates of the lithosphere.

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