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Great Rift Valley,
geological
fault system of SW Asia and E
Africa.
The Great Rift Valley was formed around 35 Mill. years ago by the tectonic
rifting of the African contintental plate from the Arabian plate. About the same
time the African plate collided with the Eurasian plate and the Alps were formed.
The Rift Valley stretches 6000 km from Syria through the Red Sea, down to the
Mozambique. The width varies from 30 to 100 km. In Kenya the deepest point is
north of Nairobi in the Naivasha / Nakuru region where the ground is punctuated
with dormant volcanoes such as Longonot, Suswa and Menengai, and numerous
smaller ones such as the Delameres Nose near Elementaita. A balloon flight in
the area reveals the bizarre volcanic landscape which is believed still to be
changing and finally splitting the African Continent into 2 by the expansion of
the Red Sea into a new ocean.
Africa's Great
Rift Valley is a 6,000-mile crack (fissure) in the earth's crust, stretching from
Lebanon to Mozambique.
The Maasai People The Maasai diet
Traditionally, the Maasai rely on meat, milk and blood from cattle for protein and
caloric needs. People drink blood on special occasions. It is given to a
circumcised person (o/esipolioi), a woman who has given birth (entomononi) and
the sick (oltamueyiai). Also, on a regular basis drunk elders, ilamerak, use the
blood to alleviate intoxication and hangovers. Blood is very rich in protein and is
good for the immune system. However, its use in the traditional diet is waning
due to the reduction of livestock numbers.
splitting,
etc.; fissure;
rift means - an opening made by
cleaving,
THE IS THE SCHOOL IN MAASAI
cleft; chink.
THE IS IN KENYA
FOOD THEY EAT IN
THE RIFT VALLEY