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

Great′ Rift′ Val′ley


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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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It possesses assets in the world-class East African Rift System with a total net land package in excess of 17,500km2.
The Tanzanian oil and gas exploration company is actively exploring the East African Rift System and after its first trading day on the DSE on Monday, the company's non-executive Chairman, Ernest Massawe, said it is "ready to start its 2014 seismic programme and looking foward to fruitful results.
THE EAST AFRICAN RIFT SYSTEM HAS BECOME AN EMERGING OIL HOT SPOT.
The two companies plan to work together to seek early entry opportunities for exploration in the East African Rift System, Bowleven added.
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.

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