The East African Rift Valley is one of the most extensive rifts on the earth’s surface. It is an active continental rift zone, located in East Africa, that is apart of a lowland region that forms where the earth’s plates move apart. Most tectonic plates that make up the earth’s crust move so slow its unnoticed by humans, but in the East African Rift, it moves remarkable fast. This is one of the very few areas that is an active divergent rift where the continent is constantly pulling apart. to start the rift is a narrow zone that is developing divergent tectonic plate boundary.