Map: Africa 10 million years f

Image credit: Pixabay/qimono

Map: Africa 10 million years from now

Let’s take a quick trip through time and see what the future has in store.

Map: Africa 10 million years f

Image credit: Pixabay/qimono

Simon Kuestenmacher, a geographer and demographer based in Melbourne, gave insight into what Africa will look like 10 million years in the future.

He shared a map on Twitter and explained in the caption that there “will be a lovely new island chain east of Madagascar,” and a rift valley in Eastern Africa. Kuestenmacher added:

“Can’t wait to visit!”

Africa will split into two continents

The 3,700-mile-long Eastern African Rift system could open wide enough for the basin to be filled with ocean water. Accuweather reported that 40 million years later, Africa would probably split into two continents:

“Following a period of heavy rain and seismic activity in early April, a massive crack appeared in Narok County, Kenya, splitting the Nairobi-Narok highway apart. The new fissure in the African soil, as with other similar spots in the region, serves as a present-day reminder that a new continent may be born in the next 50 million years.”

This happens when deep fissures are formed in the earth’s crust, causing the plates to move apart. The East African Rift was “tectonically inactive”, but the recent heavy rains could change all of that. In West Africa, the Atlantic oceanic crust will subduct as new volcanoes form.

New islands will be formed

Off the coast of Madagascar, a new volcanic arc could be formed as the Africa plate subducts under the Indo-Austrian plate. In North Africa, the South Aegean Volcanic arc “will regain new activity as magma from subducting African plate fuel volcanoes.”

A glimpse of the very far future

SpaceRip shared a fascinating video of what the Earth is believed to have looked like 600 million years ago during the Pre-Cambrian Era – approximately 400 million years before the supercontinent of Pangea existed, give or take a few years –  and will take you on a journey to 100 million years in the future.