March 16, 2006

The earth moved

There is a new sea opening up beneith Ethiopia, the ground level is dropping and already large areas are more than 100 meters (328 feet) below sea level. Now only the highlands surrounding the Denakil Depression prevent the Red Sea from flooding these areas and as techtonic movements and errorsion slowly reduce their height one day the red sea will pour though and a new sea will form splitting off the Horn of Africa. An amazing geological phenomina, and unlike most geological processes this one is having dramatic effects on a human timescale for geologists to view with in recent months hundreds of crevices splitting the desert floor.
They had only just stepped out of their helicopter onto the desert plains of central Ethiopia when the ground began to shake under their feet. The pilot shouted for the scientists to get back to the helicopter. And then it happened: the Earth split open. Crevices began racing toward the researchers like a zipper opening up.


The dramatic event that Ayalew and his colleagues witnessed in the Afar Desert on Sept. 26, 2005 was the first visual proof of this process -- and it was followed by a week-long series of earthquakes. During the months that followed, hundreds of further crevices opened up in the ground, spreading across an area of 345 square miles. "The earth has not stopped moving since," geophysicist Tim Wright of the University of Oxford says. The ground is still splitting open and sinking, he says; small earthquakes are constantly shaking the region.
An amazing force of geology demonstrating the power of nature. But some people seem to think that this must somehow be all the work of George Bush. People such as:
Dr. Rosalie Bertell, huckster extraordinaire (and 1993 UN Global 500 Laureate). She maintains that the U.S. military's various high pulse experiments, and nuclear experiments have set off earthquakes, tsunamis -- the result being that the earth itself is being utilized as a gigantic military weapon.
Now since the fighting is going on or likely to take place around the Persian Gulf while this is actually happening in Ethiopia it would seem like 'they' have missed, and by serveral thousand miles. Which given the general levels of incompetence normally associated with a government project does not sound totally impossible, even if the technology is.


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