The East African Rift Valley, a divergent boundary

The East African Rift Valley, a divergent boundary

Afar Triangle - shaded area in centre of map and east african rift xzones, red triangles show active volcanoes Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia

Great Rift Valley: Earth's tectonic forces are presently trying to create new plates by splitting apart old ones; a fracture in the earth's surface that widens over time; located in East Africa (Ethiopia-Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania); Nubian Plate makes up most of Africa & the smaller plate that is pulling away is the Somalian Plate; they are both moving away from the Arabian Plate to the north

Great Rift Valley: Earth's tectonic forces are presently trying to create new plates by splitting apart old ones; a fracture in the earth's surface that widens over time; located in East Africa (Ethiopia-Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania); Nubian Plate makes up most of Africa & the smaller plate that is pulling away is the Somalian Plate; they are both moving away from the Arabian Plate to the north

Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa; formed in a deep trough of the East African Rift Valley that runs through Malawi, from north to south - Malawi Travel Notes - http://tnot.es/MW

Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa; formed in a deep trough of the East African Rift Valley that runs through Malawi, from north to south - Malawi Travel Notes - http://tnot.es/MW

Von der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) is a hornbill, found in East Africa, especially to the east of the East African Rift, from Ethiopia south to Tanzania.

Von der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) is a hornbill, found in East Africa, especially to the east of the East African Rift, from Ethiopia south to Tanzania.

In the ancient East African Rift at a place known to the local Maasai people as the Mountain of God,Oldoinyo Lengai spews forth carbon dioxide lavas called carbonatites.  The carbonatites line the volcano's flanks like snowballs.  Oldoinyo Lengai is the only place on Earth where carbonatites currently erupts and where carbon dioxide from a volcano doesn't vanish into thin air as a gas.

In the ancient East African Rift at a place known to the local Maasai people as the Mountain of God,Oldoinyo Lengai spews forth carbon dioxide lavas called carbonatites. The carbonatites line the volcano's flanks like snowballs. Oldoinyo Lengai is the only place on Earth where carbonatites currently erupts and where carbon dioxide from a volcano doesn't vanish into thin air as a gas.

Oldoinyo Lengai: an active volcano located in the N of TZ. It is part of the volcanic system of the East African Rift, in the E Rift Valley south of both Lake Natron & Kenya

Oldoinyo Lengai: an active volcano located in the N of TZ. It is part of the volcanic system of the East African Rift, in the E Rift Valley south of both Lake Natron & Kenya

Lake Malawi in Madeira an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift System. Stunning Places #Places

Lake Malawi in Madeira an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift System. Stunning Places #Places

Lake Natron in Tanzania is known for its deep red hue. The lake is part of the East African Rift Valley, and gets its color from the algae that live on salt in the water from nearby volcanoes.

Lake Natron in Tanzania is known for its deep red hue. The lake is part of the East African Rift Valley, and gets its color from the algae that live on salt in the water from nearby volcanoes.

Lake Nyasa is situated between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania bordering all three. It is the second deepest lake in Africa and its tropical waters have more fish species than any other lake on Earth.Lake Nyasa in the East African Rift Valley where the African tectonic plate is splitting in two (a divergent plate boundary). The lake was formed around 40,000 years ago.A fresh southeasterly wind (the mwera) prevails.

Lake Nyasa is situated between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania bordering all three. It is the second deepest lake in Africa and its tropical waters have more fish species than any other lake on Earth.Lake Nyasa in the East African Rift Valley where the African tectonic plate is splitting in two (a divergent plate boundary). The lake was formed around 40,000 years ago.A fresh southeasterly wind (the mwera) prevails.

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