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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 (email@example.com), December 16, 2002.