Great Rift Valley

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Great Rift Valley

also Rift Valley
A system of geologic depressions in southwest Asia and eastern Africa extending from the Jordan River valley to Mozambique. The region is marked by vulcanism and by a series of faults caused by tectonic action.

Great Rift Valley

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(Placename) the most extensive rift in the earth's surface, extending from the Jordan valley in Syria to Mozambique; marked by a chain of steep-sided lakes, volcanoes, and escarpments

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a series of rift valleys running from the Jordan Valley in SW Asia to Mozambique in SE Africa.
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Noun1.Great Rift Valley - ( geology) a depression in southwestern Asia and eastern Africa; extends from the valley of the Jordan River to Mozambique; marked by geological faults
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Asia - the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations
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The production-sharing agreement covers Kanywataba block, a 344-square-kilometre (133-square-mile) area in the Albertine rift basin near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said at the signing in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
The report, produced by UN Environment, GRID-Arendal, East African Community, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society and Nature-RIDD was launched at the World Mountain Forum in Uganda today.
Even though the nation recently identified a major oil reserve at the Albertine rift basin along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, large-scale pumping has been delayed due to various reasons.
A PhD scholar in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at UBC in Vancouver, Hsiao spent most of 2011 visiting communities in the Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) researching how transboundary conservation programs engage and affect local residents, and vice versa.
The country is now in discussions with Uganda over the prospect of importing refined fuel products, once production starts in Uganda's lake Albertine rift basin.