Ring of Fire , also called Circum-Pacific Belt or Pacific Ring of Fire , long horseshoe-shaped seismically active belt of earthquake epicentres , volcanoes , and tectonic plate boundaries that fringes the Pacific basin. For much of its 40,km 24,mile length, the belt follows chains of island arcs such as Tonga and New Hebrides , the Indonesian archipelago, the Philippines , Japan , the Kuril Islands , and the Aleutians , as well as other arc-shaped geomorphic features, such as the western coast of North America and the Andes Mountains. Many of these plates are subducting under the continental plates they border.
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All rights reserved. The Ring of Fire is a roughly 25,mile chain of volcanoes and seismically active sites that outline the Pacific Ocean. The plates are constantly sliding past, colliding into, or moving above or below each other. This movement results in deep ocean trenches, volcanic eruptions, and earthquake epicenters along the boundaries where the plates meet, called fault lines. The Ring of Fire is home to the deepest ocean trench, called the Mariana Trench. Located east of Guam, the 7-mile-deep Mariana Trench formed when one tectonic place was pushed under another. Volcanoes About 1, active volcanoes can be found around the world. Learn about the major types of volcanoes, the geological process behind eruptions, and where the most destructive volcanic eruption ever witnessed occurred. Earthquakes Earthquakes can leave behind incredible devastation, while also creating some of the planet's most magnificent formations.
By Carolyn Wilke. April 20, at am. The Ring of Fire gets its name from all of the volcanoes that lie along this belt. This area is also a hub of seismic activity, or earthquakes. Ninety percent of earthquakes occur in this zone. The Ring of Fire stretches about 40, kilometers 24, miles.
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