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Modern lake basins set within active continental rifts provide useful analogs for exploration efforts in ancient extensional basins that are known to be rich in hydrocarbons. Lake Albert is one of the Great Lakes of Africa and is located at the northern end of the western branch of the East African rift system. This large, but comparatively shallow, eutrophic, and probably geologically ephemeral lake basin serves as an end-member example of the modern tropical lake systems that occupy this extensional province. Seismic reflection and gravity data sets indicate that the basin contains a maximum of 5 km (3.1 mi)...

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