The African Continent

Credit: West Africa NASA by NASA [Public domain]

Course Description

Earthquakes are natural phenomena that can cause immense human suffering because of intense ground shaking and are consequently of great societal importance. Earthquakes are also important because the seismic waves that generate the ground shaking provide scientists with important information about Plate Tectonics and geology, in particular information about the structure and composition of our planet and how the insides of the planet are deforming. In this course, earthquakes in Africa and the seismic waves they generate are used to help you to learn about the geology of Africa and how the earth beneath the African continent is being deformed by Plate Tectonics.

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Andy Nyblade

I was born and raised in Tanzania, and I have spent the better part of the past 20 years conducting geophysical studies in eastern and southern Africa, including seismology, heat flow, gravity, and paleomagnetics. During the past 10 years, I, together with students and colleagues, have conducted broadband seismic projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Cameroon. My research is focused on understanding the structure and evolution of continental lithosphere and its relationship to mantle dynamics. Topics of interest include the formation of rift valleys, the origin of hotspot tectonism, the deep structure of Archean cratons, and plateau uplift. More information about me can be found on my website.

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