Opening of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden: Implications for the Evolution of East Africa (Paleoceanographic Mapping Project Progress Report No. 12-0586)
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Reconstructions of the opening of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden are presented (Figures 1-5) illustrating the relative positions of Arabia, Somalia, and eastern Africa after complete closure of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, and at Chron 5 (10.6 Ma), Chron 3 ( 4.8 Ma), and Chron 2 (1.9 Ma) times. These maps are based on the published work of Cochran (1981, 1983), Coleman (1984), Courtillot et al. (1980), Girdler (1985), LePichon and Francheteau (1978), and McKenzie and Davies (1970). The closure of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden is a particularly interesting problem as it relates to the evolution of the East African Rift System.