Rift Valley: Definition & Facts


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What forces create a rift valley?

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1. What is another name for a rift valley?

2. What is it called when tectonic plates are splitting apart under the ocean like the Mid-Atlantic ridge?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz requires a full understanding of rift valleys and related terms. Questions focus on definitions, with an emphasis on the process of rift valley formation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Topics covered in this quiz include:

  • Rift valley formation
  • Tectonic plate activity
  • The Great Rift Valley in Africa

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access what you know on another name for rift valleys
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding rift valleys and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of rift valley formation to answer questions about the Mid-Atlantic ridge

Additional Learning

Refer to the related lesson called Rift Valley: Definition & Facts for further instruction on the topic of rift valleys. This lesson includes illustrations of rift valley formation and discusses:

  • The significance of divergent boundaries
  • The definition of horsts
  • Where rift valleys occur