If you have been to the Alps, specifically the Matterhorn peak, (or know your Geography well) then the title must have surprised you a lot. How can part of the European famous Alps ranges of mountain be African? The point of concern, the Matterhorn peak sits right at the border of Switzerland and Italy; that’s quite far from Africa!
Well, to understand why the Matterhorn – the sixth-tallest peak in the Alps – is African, you need to recall your Geography lessons on tectonic plates. And how the Earth’s interior is a hot thick fluid with plates floating on top of it and continuously moving.
Let’s be a bit professional, shall we? The said thick fluid is actually molten rocks call magma. You can call it lava, but there’s a little difference between magma and lava, but that’s a whole different topic, so for the purpose of this article let us go with magma. So back to the magma, which forms the inner areas of Earth, with the outer parts being a sheet of solid rocks floating on top of it (magma).
Now, the African tectonic plate (the …read more