Looking down on the small holder farms of Escarpment in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley
And on Shropshire farm fields from Wenlock Edge
It’s an interesting thought that in time the Great Rift Valley could become a seascape, for even now the earth’s crust is pulling apart along its 6,000 kilometre length. The Horn of Africa, Somalia and the eastern half of Kenya would then become an island. Meanwhile these views of Shropshire show a landscape that was once covered in a shallow tropical sea. Also Wenlock Edge, on which I am standing to take this photograph, was once the bed of that sea before geological forces shunted it upwards. It makes you think, doesn’t it – the relentless forces of change?
And for the story that connects these vistas: First Post Revisited: By the Silurian Sea
For more about the Great Rift see an earlier post: Vulcanicity: welcome to the hot zone