What is the Ring of Fire?
The Ring of Fire is an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of 452 volcanoes that spread across the whole region. It is also home to 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes!
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire: A belt of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity (earthquakes, tsunamis etc.) that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Tectonic Plates: Large, moving pieces of the Earth's crust that fit together like a puzzle. Subduction Zone: An area where two tectonic plates meet and one is pushed beneath the other.
What do you think is the most interesting feature of the Ring of Fire?
- The variety of geographic features, such as volcanoes and earthquakes
- The abundance of natural resources, such as minerals and oil
- The cultural importance of the Ring of Fire to local populations
- The potential of the Ring of Fire to cause natural disasters
The Ring of Fire is responsible for about 90% of the world's earthquakes and 81% of the world's largest earthquakes. The Ring of Fire includes over 450 volcanoes, many of which are still active. The Ring of Fire is home to 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.
Did you know?
What is the Ring of Fire, and where is it located?
What are some of the consequences of living so close to the Ring of Fire?
What are some of the ways people living in the Ring of Fire can prepare for potential disasters and hazards?
How is the Ring of Fire an example of the Earth's changing environment?