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Distribution of the African Great Lakes: the left-hand branch is the Western Rift Valley, and the right-hand branch is the Eastern Rift Valley, which extends further north.
The African Great Lakes and the East African coastline as seen from space. The Indian Ocean can be seen to the right.
Map of East Africa showing some of the active volcanos (red triangles) and the Afar Triangle (shaded, center). This is a triple junction where three plates are pulling away from one another: the Arabian Plate, and the two parts of the African Plate (the Nubian and the Somali) splitting along the East African Rift Zone.
Diagram of Great Rift Valley, shows will form a sea in the future.

The Great Rift Valley is a name given to the continuous geographical trench, about 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) in length, that runs from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa. The rift is bordered by a series of mountains and active volcanoes. It is a site of faults and earthquakesview more...

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