"Geology of Djibouti" Djibouti Off The Beaten Path Tip by janiebaxter
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Djibouti is situated at the end of the Eastern Rift Valley and is one of the most interesting places in the world for geologists, apparently. The “tectonic” plates of Africa and Arabia meet in Djibouti and the landscape is covered in volcanic rock, salt lakes, hot springs and rifts and rocky valleys. The plates are slowly drifting apart so the area is quite active - the last volcanic eruption was near Lac Assal in 1978. It will take a few million years but it is believed the separation of the plates will cause a new ocean to form as big as the Atlantic.
The Eastern Rift Valley extends into the sea and the bay of Tadjoura and the bay of Ghoubet are particularly interesting places for diving.
Apologies to any geologists reading this! - I am (obviously) not a scientist.
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