East African Rift System is slowly breaking away, with Madagascar splitting into pieces

IMAGE: Geosciences doctoral student Tahiry Rajaonarison sets up a GPS instrument in northern Madagascar in this 2016 photograph. Photo credit: Rina Andrianasolo. view more  Credit: Rina Andrianasolo 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 […]

East African Rift System is slowly breaking away, with Madagascar splitting into pieces

Geosciences doctoral student Tahiry Rajaonarison sets up a GPS instrument in northern Madagascar in this 2016 photograph. Photo credit: Rina Andrianasolo. Credit: Rina Andrianasolo 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 […]

2 big pieces of space junk could collide tonight

Earth orbit could get a lot more crowded, and a lot more dangerous, on tonight (Oct. 15). Two big pieces of space junk are zooming toward a close approach that will occur Thursday at 8:56 p.m. EDT (0056 GMT on Oct. 16), according to California-based tracking company LeoLabs. The encounter will take place 616 miles […]