plate tectonics : LUSENET : Introductory Geology, Oswego State : One Thread

Is there a major difference between a rift valley and a fault? are they created by the same thing? What makes them different and what causes each?

-- Willette Jenkins (, December 05, 2002


A rift valley is a special type of valley. It is bounded by normal faults and typically forms in an area where plates are diverging or beginning to break apart.

A fault is a fracture along which rocks have moved. They are caused by stresses in earth's crust.

-- Sharon Gabel (, December 16, 2002.

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