“East Africa’s Great Rift Valley: A Complex Rift System”
Name: Desmond Akenteng.
Course: PHSC 210-A16 LUO
October 20, 2013
The article review:
This paper consist of a review article written by James Wood and Alex Guth, which
explained the details about the “East Africa’s Rift Valley: A complex Rift System.”
According to the article, the East African Rift System is one of the most majestic and
the geologic wonders of the world. Wood and Guth, (05-2013)
The old of the earth is ongoing debate, which has been debatable for over centuries,
and I don’t think this debate will end until Christ return. In Wood and Guth’s
article “East Africa’s Great Rift Valley” they have discuss the complicity of the Rift
system that keep on to advance and play out in East Africa. In this case, they have an
effort to link this complicated series of geologic wonders to the evolution of man.
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Wood and Guth, gave vivid detailed
point from which the three branches radiate is called a “Triple Junction” came about.
And another thing that makes this article very strong is about how the Rift was
Made. According to Wood and Guth, “The stretching process associated with Rift
formation is often preceded by huge volcanic eruption which flows over large
areas…” (05-2013) This makes the whole article believable because volcano is one
of the main reasons for earth’ formation. They also did well of how they showed
different figures and images of the Rift and that gives you a clue about what you are
reading. Wood and Guth’ article reveals a lot of volubility and credibility because it
gave the exact year when the first geologist mapped the East Africa’s Rift.
The weakness of the article:
what makes Wood and Guth’ article very week consist of their statements that the
region also provide proof of the roots of human evolution. The article gave a
substantial assumption that the sensitivity of the climate change from the Rift
played an integral role in shaping human development. How could they link this Rift
system to humans’ development? The fact that human’s fossils were found there
does not means that, that was where human’s stated developing brains to walk
upright. I found this article very weak and insulting because it goes against the word
of God; God did not created animals to turn into humans he created humans in his
own image after his likeness. (Gen.1: 27)
As I conclude this article, Wood and Guth prove that they are geologists because of
How they gave precise information about East Africa’s Rift Valley System and how it
Was formed, but to be honest they did harm to their credibility by deliberately
Concluded that because of the unique geological setting of the Rift caused humans to
have the skills necessary to walk upright, developed culture and ponder how such a
Rift came to be.
James Wood and Alex Guth-Michigan Technological University, East African’s Rift Valley: A complex Rift System, 2005-2013.