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10 Amazing facts about Rings of Fire

05-JAN-2016 10:05

    The Rings of Fire is located in the basin of Pacific Ocean at the edges of the World’s main tectonic plates. The term Rings of Fire referred to the large series of volcanoes which encircles the Pacific Ocean.


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    Amazing facts about “Rings of Fire”

    1. It is the name that is given to a horseshoe shaped area in the Pacific Ocean which extends from South America and North America to Eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand.


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    2. The world's 25 largest volcanic eruptions of the last 11,700 years occurred at volcanoes in the Ring of Fire which is a direct result of plate tectonics and the movement and collisions of lithospheric plates.


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    3. The tectonic boundaries of the Ring of Fire are active because they are located in the subduction zones which mean the heavier of the two, slides under the other plate at the boundary that creates trenches in the ocean and is just right for building mountains, for volcanic eruptions, and for earthquakes.


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    4. The Rings of Fire is consist of 450 volcanoes and is the home of approximately 75% of the world's active volcanoes.

    5. It produces three-quarters of all the world’s volcanoes like Krakotao of Indonesia, Mt. Fuji of Japan, and St. Helens of the USA.

    6. Popocatepetl is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Ring of Fire.

    7. The world's deepest part of the oceans that is Mariana Trench or Marianas Trench is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands.


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    8. The island nation of Japan lies along the western edge of the Ring of Fire, and is one of the most tectonically active places on Earth.

    9. It is a home of ocean trenches, mountain trenches, hydrothermal vents, and sites of earthquake activity like Mariana Trench (35,827 ft).

    10. The only known underwater area where you can find liquid carbon dioxide is the Champagne Vent of the Mariana Trench that is outside the Okinawa Trough near Taiwan.

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