oa East African Geographical Review - Some factors influencing the pattern of rural settlement in Maragoli, western Kenya

Volume 1966, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



Maragoli is an area comprising two locations in the Kakamega District of western Kenya. It lies immediately north of the Equator, and most of the area is situated to the west of longitude 34�40' east. Outstanding amongst the topographical features of this area are the Maragoli Hills which rise to heights of 6,068 feet (Maragoli) and 6,043 feet (New Maragoli). The southern boundary of these hills is defined by the Maseno and Maragoli faults running eastwards from Rabuor Hill. The Vuhani river, which flows southwards towards Lake Victoria, has deeply incised the area between the two peaks. North of the hill area a peneplain, lying generally at 4,500 to 5,000 feet above sea level, tilts gently westwards. The area is underlain by sedimentary rocks of the Kavirondian system and by volcanic rocks of the older Nyanzian system. Major plutonic intrusions of post-Kavirondian age are also in evidence, especially in the hill area of the south.

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