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I already knew that the Great Rift Valley is located in Eastern Africa. I also knew that a rift is a break in the Earth’s surface that makes a deep trench, made by a force called plate tectonics. I knew that Mount Kilimanjaro is on the edge of the great Rift Valley too.
The force that created the Great Rift Valley was taught to us in Science class. That made this topic sort of stand out to me because I already had some background knowledge, but I wanted to know more about it.
The Great Rift Valley was formed about 35 million years ago when the Earth’s plates split apart, forming a rift in the Earth’s crust. As the plates continue to drift apart, the Great Rift Valley keeps changing and pulling.
What I think is the most surprising fact was that in the future the Great Rift Valley could become a new body of water. I was also surprised that The Great Rift Valley is the longest fault system in the world.