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Faulted southeastern side of Svyatoy Nos peninsula, Lake Baikal - active faulting shown by faceted spurs. 26 swiatoinos.jpg
Faulted southeastern side of Svyatoy Nos peninsula, Lake Baikal – active faulting shown by faceted spurs.
Artificial rendering of the Albertine Rift showing four of its rift lakes Albertine Rift, East African Rift (artificial rendering).jpg
Artificial rendering of the Albertine Rift showing four of its rift lakes

A rift lake is a lake formed as a result of subsidence related to movement on faults within a rift zone, an area of extensional tectonics in the continental crust. They are often found within rift valleys and may be very deep. Rift lakes may be bounded by large steep cliffs along the fault margins.


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