Do you know what could cause Asia to split apart?

India
June 20, 2010 7:17am CST
The deepest lake, on our planet, Baikal is situated in Southern Russia, close to the border with Mangolia and it plunges to 1.6 km at its deepest point. It is known as world's oldest lake formed more that 20 millions years ago as the Earth's crust tore apart to create a rift valley. Rivers gushing down the mountainsides then filled the canyon with water. Today the lake is itself the source of the world's fifth longest river, the Yenest, which stretches 5,540 km to the Arctic Ocean. Baikal holds more water than any other lake on Earth 23,000 cubic km. The lake is still growing large as the land on either side of it, continues to tear apart. In a few million years' time, the rift is expected to join up with the Arctic Ocean and could cause Asia to split in half.
3 responses
• Philippines
20 Jun 10
hi there. thank for the information. ;-) well, it would take centuries before we can visually see the division of asia into halves. our kids'kids' kids' kids would probably witness this change. and am pretty sure by that time, races would have already mixed. we'd only be literally talk about lands. who knows in the future, there won't be tanned skinned (or the Malays), the slanted eyes, the strong arab features and whites of asia (the russians). we might even look all the same when the division happens. ;-)
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
20 Jun 10
Well, I hope the split would be a slow gradual process. If it was somehow quick then that would be catastrophic. It's like one of those doomsday films you've seen on film.
@rachael5760 (2711)
• Israel
20 Jun 10
Quite interesting. At least we have a few million years before Asia becomes two continents. Thank you for this information. I might use it in my blog.