As you gazed out your window while flying at 48,000 feet over the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, you must have noticed the resemblance to a collapsed corn muffin.
You were on your way to promote a new luxury hotel on Main Street in Dubai.
You noticed the East African Rift System extending south for a thousand miles. The narrow Red Sea stretched out to the northwest. Yemen and Saudi Arabia were visible to the northeast
A few U.S. Navy warships dotted the blue ocean below the 500 mile per hour Gulf Stream jet. A limited war raged in Yemen below your aircraft.
This was nothing compared to enormous crustal upwelling below the corn muffin below. The giant cracks in the land and oceans were the result of deep and very hot convention currents covering thousands of square miles.
Humans occupied the horn of Africa 200,000 years ago and they were coping with rapid changes in their volcanic landscape as the heat rose from great depths.
These early humans knew they had to move or they would be killed in the erupting volcanic fields of Ethiopia and Somalia.
So they began to migrate out of Africa across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in crude grass and wooden boats 200,000 years ago.
As they migrated across the Arabian Peninsula, their body features changed from very dark brown to tan and finally to white as they encountered less sunlight as they migrated across northern Europe for tens of thousands of years.
Around 15,000 years ago these African ancestors began to explore the shores of North America along with their Siberian ancestors from the Northwest.
And here we are now flying over our ancestral African home 200,000 years later as we gaze down at the corn muffin Earth on our way to Dubai.
Weekly Rainfall = 00.71"
Cumulative Rainfall = 4.35"
Departure From Normal = -1.55"
Tarpley Glen Rose WL = -28.28'
Bandera Hosston WL = -403.59'
Hondo (USGS) Flow = 24.00 cfs
Medina (USGS) Flow = 159.00 cfs
Medina (USGS) Lake = 236,600 ac ft
High (F°) = 86°
Low (F°) = 45°
03-29-2017 @ 8:00 am