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Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire
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Ring of Fire

If you look at a map of the world's earthquakes and volcanoes you'll see an interesting pattern. The vast majority lie in a belt surrounding the Pacific Ocean.

There are 450+ volcanoes located along that 25,000-mile "Ring of Fire." Take a closer look at this region with the most seismic activity on the planet.

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Slip, Slide, and Collide

Slip, Slide, and Collide

The Ring of Fire is a creation of colliding tectonic plates — giant chunks of Earth's lithosphere. See how these plates move and what happens when they can’t avoid hitting each other. More...

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Annenberg Learner
Naked Science: Ring of Fire

Naked Science: Ring of Fire

A geologist sets out to determine whether an area in Washington State, on the Ring of Fire, is stable. He uncovers evidence of a violent earthquake in the region's past. More...

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National Geographic
The Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire

Take a video tour of this zone in the Pacific Ocean where 80 percent of the world's largest earthquakes strike along with four out of five tsunamis. More...

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Discovery
Undersea Mountains March Into the Abyss

Undersea Mountains March Into the Abyss

Sonar images of the Tonga Trench have revealed a violent process: Tectonic action is "dragging giant volcanoes into a chasm in the seabed." Take a look. More...

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BBC
Deadly Java Quake Highlights Ring of Fire Dangers

Deadly Java Quake Highlights Ring of Fire Dangers

Earthquakes devastate lives and property. A string of earthquakes and volcanic activity in Indonesia has increased research into this part of the Pacific's Ring of Fire. More...

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National Geographic
Fact or Fiction: The Ring of Fire Quiz

Fact or Fiction: The Ring of Fire Quiz

Fact, fiction, or somewhere in between? Test your Ring of Fire knowledge with this 10 question quiz.

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HowStuffWorks
The Living Edens: Kamchatka

The Living Edens: Kamchatka

The Kamchatka Peninsula, on the eastern edge of Siberia, is home to 68 volcanoes. Its existence and ecology stems from its location on the Ring of Fire. More...

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PBS
The Pacific “Ring of Fire”

The Pacific “Ring of Fire”

Take a closer look at the role plate tectonics plays in the intense geological activity of the Pacific Basin. More...

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BBC
Northeast Lau Basin Expedition

Northeast Lau Basin Expedition

So what does it really look like in the Pacific Ring of Fire? Check out videos and mission logs from a 2012 expedition to explore submarine volcanoes. More...

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NOAA

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