Running head: PHSC 210: JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW
Review of article
“East Africa's Great Rift Valley: A Complex Rift System”
James Wood and Alex Guth
PHSC 210: Elements of Earth Science
I. This paper is a review of an article by James Wood and Alex Guth, which discusses the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. According to the article the East Africa Great Rift Valley is a geologic wonder of the world. A rift is defined as, “fissure or crevasse” (rift: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2012).
The debate of how old the earth is has been ongoing for hundreds of years and appears to have no end in sight. In their article “East Africa's Great Rift Valley: A Complex Rift System”
(Wood and Guth, n.d.) Wood and Guth discuss the complex rift system that continues to evolve and play out in East Africa. In so doing they attempt to tie this complex series of geologic phenomenon to the evolution of man.
II. Brief Overview and Main Points:
This article discusses the East African Rift System. The author’s purpose in writing the article, as pointed out in the article itself, was “to discuss the general geology of these rifts are (sic) and highlight the geologic processes involved in their formation.” The article goes into some detail to explain the rifts, but also notes that “the exact mechanism of rift formation is an on-going debate among geologists and geophysicists.”
I suppose the strengths of the article are the complex explanations of the authors’ theories as to how the rifts are formed. The authors go into great detail about the locations of the rifts and describe the “triple junction”, a point from which the three branches radiate in the Afar region of Ethiopia. These two gentlemen obviously know their geology.
III. Article Weaknesses
I think the articles weaknesses are the authors’ statements that...