The Development Of East Africa

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Over the last five million years, every aspect of East Africa’s landscape has undergone a peculiar change, creating a centrality of evolution in its region. Due to forces exerted by plate tectonics and a changing climate, East Africa has transformed from a depressed, arboraceous region to an alpine landscape that is strangely dominated by deep-water lakes that tend to appear and disappear consistently. According to the Huffington Post, it was from this particular area that “emerged an ape smart enough to question its own existence; (Maslin)” a clever indication that this area employed the rise of human beings. Approximately twenty million years ago, the Asian and Indian continental plates jarred into one another and impelled the Tibetan plateau to move upwards. In the midst of the heated summertime, this plateau acts “as a huge heat engine (Maslin)” as it absorbs solar energy that is later transmitted to the atmosphere; during this process, convection currents are created. With vast amounts of hot air rising, air from other areas are transported and sucked in, including moist amounts of air from the Indian Ocean “that produces intense South East Asian monsoons (Maslin)”. It is this transition occurring within the air that has drawn out the moisture from African and created a dry climate within the areas of its eastern regions. Not only is the climate affected by this action, but also evolution as well. The distinct split that is created between the climates of Asia and

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