rift valley

noun

Definition of rift valley

: an elongated valley formed by the depression of a block of the earth's crust between two faults or groups of faults of approximately parallel orientation

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1894

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Definition of rift valley for English Language Learners

  • geology : a long, steep valley formed when two parallel rifts form in the Earth's crust and the land between them sinks


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