Chunk of Africa Found Underneath Southeastern US

Fox News, April 22, 2014

Geoscientists have identified a chunk of Africa stuck onto the southeastern United States.

A long mysterious zone of unusual magnetism that stretches from Alabama through Georgia and offshore to the North Carolina coast appears to be the suture between ancient rocks that formed when parts of Africa and North America were pressed together 250 million years ago. If so, Africa could have left a lot more behind in the American southeast when the conjoined continents rifted apart and formed the Atlantic Ocean.

“There are some large faults in the magnetic data,” said geologist Robert Hatcher of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, regarding what is called the Brunswick Magnetic Anomaly and other magnetic features in the region. “They have not been active for a very long time. They are strike-slip faults like the San Andreas today. But there’s also younger fall with opposite direction.”

The faults appear to be the remains of the collision and then messy divorce of Africa and North America.

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The big challenge in sorting out the history of the southeast U.S. is that there are intriguing magnetic signals, as well as gravimetric measurements, but there is not enough deep borehole studies or seismic data to confirm the faults and the proposed scenarios.

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  • Puggg

    There’s a chunk of Africa on top of the southeastern US, too.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      There goes the neighborhood.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        We got a chunk of Africa called Arthrtown. Congoids of the Congaree. Little Monrovia.

    • JDInSanD

      They’re just here taking back their land. (Yes, it’s sarcasm)

    • Alexandra1973

      And on top of Michigan.

  • sbuffalonative

    I don’t usually question AR content but I don’t understand why this story was posted.

    This is about 250 million year old geography. It has nothing to do with race, politics, human evolution, genes, etc.

    • paul marchand

      It’s interesting.

    • Luca

      It shows how far removed we are , in time and space, from the Dark Continent.

    • Zimriel

      It’s about academia; academia pushed this (trivial) story to “prove” that Dixie was always part African.

    • Den

      It’s funny, that’s why it was posted. Just read that first line again, it could be a story from the Onion.

    • The mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is a silted-up asteroid impact crater. Canada’s Hudson Bay looks very strangely circular, so that may have been one as well. There is a gravitational anomaly there that could correspond to the buried nickel-iron core of a prehistoric major asteroid impact there.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        If shatter cones and shocked quartz, plus high concentrations of elements abundant in asteroids but scarce in the Earth’s crust are found in Hudson Bay, that would prove it to be an impact basin. I recently read an article about the discovery that asteroid strikes are far more common than previously believed. There was 26 of them between 2001 and today, all of them at least as powerful as a tactical nuclear bomb. All but one occurred in remote areas with few or new people, the exception being the one that exploded over Chelyabinsk Russia with the force of 530,000 tons of TNT, more powerful than the nuclear warheads aboard Minuteman-III ICBM’s and Trident D-5 SLBM’s. It damaged buildings and injured 1,500 people, hurling some through the air. Only it’s entry into the atmosphere at a shallow angle and being riddled with cracks prevented it from exploding several miles above the ground, which if that happened over a city would destroy it entirely or the greater part of it. Such an event could be mistaken for a nuclear attack and therefore lead to thermonuclear war by mistake.

    • Andy

      To give people the opportunity to make jokes, I assume.

    • Tarczan

      Mr. Moderator just has a healthy sense of humor, and I appreciate it!

      • Mr. Moderator does have a healthy sense of humor, but no real power over story selection.

        • a multiracial individual

          Are there any “Ms” or “Mrs” Moderators?

    • wildfirexx

      I’m sure AR is just posting it, to see what sort of unusual reaction they get!

    • LHathaway

      Perhaps it is suggested that this story is politically motivated PC? Even to the point of being a parody of itself? ‘mysterious and unusual magnetism’ lol

      Yeah, I’m going to follow DCC2379’s joke. . . Most news sources don’t seem to know what is Really going on around them right now in 2014, and we are expected to take seriously their evaluation of 1st Century Rome?

  • MekongDelta69

    “Chunk of Africa Found Underneath Southeastern US”

    Unfortunately, there’s ALSO too much of Africa on top of the Southeast (and the rest of the) US.

  • dd121

    Did some of the blacks stow-away on the chunk? Running away from their masters even then.

    • NoMosqueHere

      They carjacked it.

  • IstvanIN

    So the Africans didn’t get here on slave ships, they sneaked over on a tectonic plate! Figures they wouldn’t pay the fare but at least they didn’t put the plate in their lips.

  • Thank you Mother Nature for separating us from Africa. Unfortunately, due to the invention of the ship, Africa came looking for what it lost. And now we’re going to have to fight to keep it from reverting back to the sons and daughers of Africa.

  • Luca

    There’s a sizable chunk of Africa in every big Liberal City in America that hands out welfare for votes.

    • Tarczan

      I know that JT mildly chastised us all for unkind remarks about our melanin enhanced brethren, but come on! You’re asking for it with this one!

  • Mahound

    There’s a chunk of Africa in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels too!

  • I badly want to make a mean spirited comment…

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    OK, I have to do this:

    “A long mysterious zone of unusual magnetism” that sucks countless of billions of dollars in welfare payments.

    “There are some large faults” – I don’t even need to expand on this bit, do I?

  • Strike_Team

    Too bad I couldn’t check out the site until now. The second I saw the headline, I was laughing my tail off imagining literally dozens of remarks that could be fired off just from that brief intro.

  • Earl Turner

    We’ve got a huge chunk of Africa above the ground too. Matter of fact, part of it is right here in Macon.

    • There seems to be a fair number of us Georgians around here. Regards.

  • BonV.Vant

    maybe that magnetic zone has something to do with how compass are affected in the Bermuda Triangle

  • dcc2379

    “The faults appear to be the remains of the collision and then messy divorce of Africa and North America.”

    These ludicrous claims have no place in science. Much of science centers around one inconvenient truth: Scientists attempt to explain everything regardless of evidence. Scientists, like liberal public planners, need to admit they don’t and can’t know everything, and an hypothesis is a neat way to say guess. The conclusion is that there are no real facts that prove this contention; like global warming, consensus — popularity — instead of proof, becomes the basis for much of science. This is, of course, the antithesis of scientific-rational methodologies. Hey, hydrogen was found on Mars! Must have been when in broke away from the Earth.

    • Ned

      Isn’t it rather more specific to the degree of rot in the American academic system– publish or perish; neglect of primary source material; and cowardly obeisance to PC?

    • Rhialto

      The above remark was not a quote from a scientist, but the output of a FOX newser.

      • dcc2379

        I knew it was a Fox quote summarizing Hatcher. For example, if the news is to be believed, Hatcher stated, “So you have a failed rift there … There are pieces of crust that started in Africa.” Voila, same idea. (Quote taken from full article on another site.)

    • Geologists have known for quite awhile that North America was once joined to Africa. It is called continental drift. I believe since the Earth was formed there have been about three periods of their being just one super-continent, and then the drift apart begins again. You may be right, but there is tons of data. Pick up a geology text sometime. The good news? It is predicted that someday New York will slam back up against Africa. Fitting or what?

      • dcc2379

        You’re just repeating a textbook. I’ve read geology textbooks, now you need to go back and read that continental drift, something never observed and completely lacking in direct evidence because no one was there and if someone was, they forgot to write it down, is a theory. You are quite mistaken. Continental drift is geologists best guess. That’s right. It isn’t a law, it isn’t repeatable experiment, and while it might be true, it might not. The tons of data is something no non-geologist can quote, and not surprisingly, all the data are inferential.

  • MikeofAges

    It is there. When life deals you a lemon, make lemonade. The plate, you see, defines the most suitable zone of habitation of the African American, more or less. It’s almost Biblical. Maybe it is Biblical.

    T.E. Lawrence in his World War I memoir described the fascination with abstraction of the Arab mind. I considered it so remarkable that nature gave the Arab control of that which is of itself useless, but makes everything else run. Oil.

    Geopolitics is weird that way. Just go with the flow. And tell everyone else to do the same. It will serve you in the end.

  • Alexandra1973

    I believe there was a super-continent, just not that it took a really long time to break up.

    The Bible says that “in the days of Peleg was the earth divided.”

    Either way you look at it, some globalist will say “hey look, this used to be all one land…ergo we’re all one people!”

    • Katherine McChesney

      Pangaea…the super continent.

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        I saw a bumper sticker that said, REUNITE PANGAEA. I thought it was funny.

    • Brian

      ‘the earth was divided’ is usually taken as a reference to the tower of Babel incident…divided by language, not tectonic plate action.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Deport it.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Why was my joke ‘disappeared’? It wasn’t offensive.

  • Epiminondas

    And you thought the Dutch brought Negroes to North America. Turns out they just rode over on the continental drift.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Like surfers.

  • Pelagian

    I have a piece of Africa in my shoe.

  • dcc2379

    The Democrats can’t tell you what happened in Benghazi or Fast and Furious, but these scientists know what happened millions of years ago. Maybe Issa should hire them.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      I trust scientists over politicians any day of the week. Scientists have to be able to recreate their work so it can be peer reviewed and verified… politicians just have to put on ties and smile like ravenous alligators.

      • dcc2379

        If only that were true today. Google East Anglian and global warming, and you will see scientists have a huge incentive to lie. Do you trust the creator of the hockey stick global warming graph? If so, we are all under water today and the North Pole doesn’t exist. It isn’t that such a learned expert could be so completely and utterly wrong; when government pays for certain answers, bye bye disinterested.

        • Brian

          Yes, but the truth will out. A lie can be sold forever by historians or politicians, but with science, even if one lies or makes a mistake, the data is still out there waiting for confirmation or dismissal. Eventually Galileo comes a knockin’.

  • [Guest]

    >>>This is an aeromagnetic map of the eastern margin of North America
    showing, among other things, Brunswick magnetic anomaly (BMA) and East Coast
    magnetic anomaly (ECMA).

    Pass this information along to the duskier denizens of the American southeast and in short order you’ll have black preachers offering up sermons about “chunks of Africa” and the “unusual magnetism” of the mother continent.

    In a few years, females will begin popping out offspring named Magnetic “Brunswick” Anomaly and Magnetic “East Coast” Anomaly, whose names will shortly thereafter appear in the nation’s police blotters.

  • Although there exists tons of evidence in museums, laboratories and in real time, for example, if you look at the rapid changes in virus and bacteria (the reason that they have to keep having to strengthen flu vaccines), evolution through natural selection is still considered a scientific theory, just like the theory of gravity, with its details constantly being debated and worked out. But if I were you, I would not jump out of any high-rise windows any time soon to test the crazy liberal theory of gravity. By the way, words like “possibly” are used in science because true science is naturally conservative. That is why liberals tend to ignore the science that they disagree with, such as racial IQ differences, although science has known this since about the 1920s.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Natural Selection is an accepted scientific fact.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    I don’t think you understand how Natural Selection works. Do you ever notice how the only people upset and defensive about evolution “as gospel” are always religious? Does that ever give you intellectual pause?

  • John R

    I just read the first sentence and figured my comment would almost write itself. I wonder: Whose “fault” is it? (Had to use that one, ha ha!)

  • Robert Binion

    You know, I have had a strange desire to play basketball lately.
    Bob in Alabama

  • Reunite Gondwanaland! Burn your drift card!

  • me

    Kind of reminds me of something….a chunk….stuck….clinging to….the southeast….LOL!

    • Our pet fox sometimes used to get similarly unwanted “chunks” sticking in his fur, but keeping the hair on Maverick’s butt cropped pretty short has that under control.

  • Jacqonta Green

    no wunda why so many of ma bruthas bes here in Carolina.

  • Rhialto

    There is another difference. They can be produced by untrained labor with an average IQ of 70. The production of Minuteman-III or SS-18 Satan requires highly trained people with an average IQ greater than 120.