Great Rift Valley

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( geology) a depression in southwestern Asia and eastern Africa

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Billions of dollars in public and private investment are now pouring into African energy projects, especially renewable energy--from solar parks in Mali's Sahara to undersea tidal generators in Ghana's coastal waters to geothermal plants in the vast East African Rift Valley region.
Within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley, volcanoes have released helium from deep rocks and trapped it in shallower gas fields.
in the East African Rift, the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field and the Rio Grande Rift in North America.
Swala's exploration assets are located in the East African Rift system, where four billion barrels of oil have already been discovered.
Clustering on the high planes of the East African Rift Valley, tea thrives on the rich red African soil, from Kenya and Uganda down to Malawi and Zimbabwe, with a small production also in South Africa and Cameroon.
Angus McCoss, the company's exploration director commented: "This success at the Ekales 1 is further evidence of the exceptional oil potential of our East African Rift Basin acreage.
Africa is becoming the top choice for North American oil companies looking to diversify, and the East African Rift is the hottest of the hot, with Kenya waiting on commercial viability, Angola and Ghana already on the road to rival Nigeria and two newcomers-Namibia and Zambia- where the doors have been thrown open for exploration.
Says Dr Mariita, “the countries of the East African Rift System (EARS) have a considerable geothermal energy potential.
Drawing from the Menengai experience and tapping into the East African Rift valley geothermal potential, the AfDB has also been working on a series of small-scale geothermal units, adapted to the specific context of each country.
The two companies plan to work together to seek early entry opportunities for exploration in the East African Rift System, Bowleven added.
The 29,600-square-kilometre (11,000-square-mile) body of water is Africa's third-largest freshwater lake and lies in the Great Lakes system stretching along the East African Rift.
The East African Rift Basin system is one of the last of the great rift basins to be explored.
These rivers are separated by two principal rifts which form a vast arc from Cameroon, across equatorial Africa to the East African Rift System, and all the way south of the Zambezi into Mozambique.
These are all play types that have delivered success to date along the East African Rift, so it is very pleasing to see the presence of such structures in our acreage.
The East African Rift system is composed of two main segments, the eastern branch that passes through Ethiopia and Kenya, and a western branch that forms a giant arc from Uganda to Malawi, interconnecting the famous rift lakes of eastern Africa.
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