Elgeyo escarpment explained
Elgeyo escarpment is a fault-scarp caused by to post-Miocene faulting and there are Miocene beds visible. The escarpment is part of the western wall of the Great Rift Valley.
The northwest part of Kenya has three main geographic zones running in parallel north to south. There is the highland plateau, which rises gradually to 3,350 meters above sea level, on the Cherangani Hills. In the intermediate zone is the Elgeyo Escarpment which rapidly gives way to the lower Kerio Valley. The yearly rainfall in the escarpment area ranges between 100-140 cm.
Notes and References
- Web site: A contributon to the geology of the Kavirondon Rift Valley -- Shacleton 106 (14): 345 -- Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. jgslegacy.lyellcollection.org. 2008-03-16. Shacleton. Robert Millner.
- Web site: GIS in support of participatory land use planning in the Districts Keiyo & Marakwet, Kenya. www.gisdevelopment.net. 2008-03-16. Julius Muchemi. Wangu Mwangi & Heinz Greijn.