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East African Rift Valley a Geologic Maze

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April 2, 2012

East African Rift Valley a Geologic Maze

The East African Rift, caused by fracturing of Earth’s crust, is one of the great tectonic features of Africa. This astronaut photograph of the Eastern Branch of the Rift near Kenya’s southern border highlights the classical geologic structures associated with a tectonic rift valley.