African Rift Valley: Formation & Overview


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The 'African Rift Valley' is actually

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1. Tectonic plates are

2. The two new plates that are forming from the African plate on either side of the East African Rift Valley System are

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The East African Rift Valley is one of two major rift valleys in the world. Use this quiz and worksheet to test your understanding of the lesson on the East African Rift Valley. Some of the concepts that you will be tested on include tectonic plates and the East African Rift System.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will help you to assess your understanding of the following:

  • How the East African Rift Valley was created and what helped create it
  • What the East African Rift Valley is sometimes called
  • The definition of tectonic plates
  • Names of specific plates around the East African Rift System

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related East African Rift Valley lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding tectonic plates and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as East African Rift System and faulting
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about rift valley formation

Additional Learning

To learn more about rift valleys, review the accompanying lesson on the East African Rift Valley. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Define rift valley
  • Understand what causes a rift valley
  • Define tectonic plates
  • Know how rift valleys are created
  • Know how the East African Rift System developed
  • Understand how volcanic activity contributes to the formation of rift valleys