rift valley

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rift valley a valley with steep sides; formed by a rift in the earth's crust
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Usage

In literature:

Half a mile further this valley turns abruptly to the right, and becomes a mere rift in the mountain.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
We looked down once more into the great Rift Valley.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
He had to pick his way with caution across a valley of black rocks, rifted and chasmed by the fury of the waves.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
On the west of the rift-valley the wall of cliffs is best marked between the equator and 1 deg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
There are also many up in the Rift Valley and doubtless in other sections.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
She was seated overlooking the rift of the valley.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
BARINGO, a lake of British East Africa, some 30 m. N. of the equator in the eastern rift-valley.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The train had just disappeared within a deep rift which cut it off from the Mehriab valley like a door.
"The Ruby Sword" by Bertram Mitford
A rift in the morning mists which enshroud the valley displays the mountain summit bathed in sunshine.
"Literary Shrines" by Theodore F. Wolfe
Should you expect the lateral valleys of a rift valley at the time of its formation to enter it as hanging valleys or at a common level?
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
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In poetry:

Where the full ray of noon alone
Down the deep valley falls:
Or where the sunbeam never shone
Between its rifted walls:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
It will comfort me with honey
When the shining rifts and showers
Sweep across the purple valley
And bring back the forest flowers.
"The Grave-Tree" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

Make the Rift Valley 'ungovernable'.
Michael Gottfried, Michigan State University – Formation of the Great Rift Valley .
Sandvik Plays Part in Kenyan Rift Valley Dam Project.
I was a Peace Corps volunteer in a two-room high school in Africa's Great Rift Valley.
LONDON – Running in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, Emmanuel Mutai's marathon training was intensifying when he began to feel increasingly fatigued.
CNN -British researchers say they've discovered a massive rift valley beneath the Antarctic ice sheet that rivals the Grand Canyon in depth and is contributing to ice loss on the continent.
Israel is an ideal location for migrating birds because it is located along the Great Rift Valley flyway.
A black smoker hydrothermal vent at the Endeavor Ridge rift valley.
Young women walking to a food relief center in the drought-stricken village of Nadapal, Rift Valley province, Kenya, October 2, 2009.
We left Nairobi on Friday morning for Lake Naivasha region and a stop off at the a beautiful viewpoint in the Rift Valley.
Visitors to the zoo can see the baby hogs in African Rift Valley on sunny days when the temperature is 60 degrees or warmer.
Rift valleys can lead to the creation of entirely new continents, or deepen valleys in existing ones.
Starting in January 2013, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek will set out from Africa's Great Rift Valley on a seven-year, 21,000-mile journey, tracing the believed path of ancient human migration.
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In science:

The Afar Rift Valley in east Africa is currently opening (Wright et al. 2006) with no help or hindrance from East Africans past or present.
Astrophysics in 2006
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