Fossil Hotspots

The northern Rift Valley stretches from Ethiopia across the Red Sea to the Jordan River valley. It is the rift’s wildest corner in every sense – harsh, hot and volcanically active. In the Afar Triangle, shared by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti, three continental plates collide. Below the Earth’s surface, hell breaks loose. The volcanic landscape spews sulfur, steam and fire, and reinvents itself every day.

Africa’s Great Rift: Where Continents Collide airs Thursday December 2 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.

Video Preview: In the Great Rift valley, fossils are incredibly abundant.