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A Geologic Safari: Crater Highlands, East Africa
A Geologic Safari: Crater Highlands, East Africa A Geologic Safari: Crater Highlands, East Africa

Tectonics, volcanism, landslides, erosion and deposition-and their interactions-are all evident in this view of the Crater Highlands along Tanzania's East African Rift, a zone of spreading between the African and Somali crustal plates. Two branches of the rift intersect in Tanzania, resulting in distinctive and prominent landforms. The highlands rise far above the adjacent savannas, capture moisture from passing air masses and host rain forests.

Credit: NASA/JPL/NGA

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  Jet Propulsion Laboratory
   California Institute of Technology
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