UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-9

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    Consider the following statements with regard to the Great Rift Valley of Africa.
    1. It separates somalian sub-plates from African plate.
    2. Several large lakes are located in the valley.
    3. Lake Victoria is the largest of such lakes.
    Which of the statements given above are correct?

    A)  1 and 2

    B)  2 and 3             

    C)  1 and 3

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] The East African Rift is the divergent plate boundary, which extends from the Afar triple junction Southward across Eastern Africa and is in the process of splitting the African plate into two new separated plates. Geologists generally refer to these incipient plates as the Nubian plate and the Somali plate. Lake Victoria is a shallow lake between the two branches of the Great Rift Valley. It formed when Westward flowing rivers were damned by an up thrown crustal rock.

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