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Ring Of Fire Essay

“The Ring of Fire” is a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity, or earthquakes, around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. The Ring of Fire would be thought as a circular shape like a ring, but it’s not actually circular. The Ring of Fire is shaped more like a horseshoe. The Ring of Fire is about (25,000) miles long and holds 452 volcanoes. They stretched from the southern tip of South America, along the coast of North America, across the Bering Straight, down through Japan and into New Zealand.
What some people did not know is that The Ring of Fire actually has two other names to go along with it. One is called “Circum-Pacific Belt”, and the second is “Pacific Ring of Fire.”
Some of the biggest volcanic eruptions has happened along The Ring of Fire. It also, contains some of the largest volcanoes and mountains in the world. One example is Mount Saint Helens. Mount Saint Helens is one of the largest volcanic mountains in the world, if not the largest. The Ring of Fire is also known to produce earthquakes. The reason they produce these earthquakes, is because tectonic plate movements in the earth. One fact you might not know is that seventy-five percent of the world’s volcanoes occur along The Ring of Fire.
Along the 452 volcanoes there are a lot that are active, dormant, and extinct. Active means that the volcano could erupt and possibly second. Dormant on the other hand means it has erupted in the past, but hasn’t erupted in a while, but it can still erupt. Extinct means that the volcano will never erupt again. Over time the volcano will become a mountain.
Something you might have did not know was that the plates inside the crust of the ocean can collide, and cause a volcano too come up over time. When the volcano co...

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...pened now the death toll would be much greater. The last volcano is called “Mt. Yasur” in Vanuata it is what’s called a stratovolcano and it has been erupting close to 100 years. The dangers of this volcano are real, it is a big risk for tourists. How, you may ask is, because of all the toxic gases and lava flows just to get to the volcano every day. The volcano has already took a couple of lives of tourists, and also a tour guide, because they got to close to the danger zone.
In today’s world the Ring of Fire is very different than it was a thousand years ago, because of the changing of the tectonic plates. When the Pacific Plate hits nearby plates they will sink. Whenever the crust melts it produces magma, which feeds to the different volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, or t helps produce new volcanoes. The tectonic plates are the main reason of these earthquakes.

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