Volcanic activity created many of the landforms in the South Pacific, and volcanoes and earthquakes continue to affect the region and its people. About 75 percent of the world's volcanoes cluster along the Ring of Fire, a huge arc of volcanic and earthquake activity along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. In this lesson you will learn about the formation of the Ring of Fire and about how volcanoes affect physical geography.
Destination Title: This Dynamic Earth
Start at the This Dynamic Earth Web site
- Click on Understanding Plate Motions. Browse the page, taking notes and studying the illustrations.
- Scroll down to the Ring of Fire map. Click on and study the map and caption.
- Click on "Contents" at the bottom of the page to return to the home page. Click on and read about Plate Tectonics and People.
Using the information you gathered from this site, answer the following questions.