Great Rift Valley

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( geology) a depression in southwestern Asia and eastern Africa

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Both grabens occupy the northern part of the western branch of the East African rift system (EARS).
The data revealed a previously unknown extension of the East Antarctic Rift System - a 2,500-kilometer-long fracture that extends from East Antarctica across the ocean to India, which, when active, resembled today's East African Rift System - making it the longest fossil rift system on Earth.
This colorful model shows prominent volcanoes and lava flows in the East African Rift System," said Lisa Ritter, remote sensing specialist, National Geographic Maps.
The East African Rift system, which extends from the Afar triple junction 3,000 km south to Lake Malawi, is the largest active rift in the world.
He said: "A major earthquake disaster in the region is inevitable because wide areas of southern Africa are affected by the slow, southward spread of the East African rift system.
Description: North Lake Tanganyika block located offshore in the western arm of the East African Rift System.
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