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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Giant Crack In Africa Will Likely Create A New Ocean, Say Scientists

A 35-mile rift in the desert of Ethiopia will likely become a new ocean eventually, researchers now confirm.

The crack, 20 feet wide in spots, opened in 2005 and some geologists believed then that it would spawn a new ocean. But that view was controversial, and the rift had not been well studied.

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