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The Great Rift Valley stretches 3,500 miles from Ethiopia to Mozambique and is over 35 million years old. It was formed when extreme heat and pressure forced a 1,000 mile-wide bubble of molten lava to the surface. Today, the Great Valley Rift provides a surplus of pure sodium chloride to the Afar people, nutrient-rich grass to herbivores and Masai cattle-herders, as well as mineral infused hot springs and water for its inhabitants. It is the birthplace of Ardi and the cause of curses on European settlers looking to exploit the land’s riches.