Thursday, March 1, 2012


We now know that pushing plates cause earthquakes because the pressure builds up until one plate finally slips, causing the ground to shake.  We also know that when plates pull apart they create a gap and this means magma from the mantle of the earth can escape through the gap resulting in a volcano.

Ring of Fire 
One of the most talked about plates that make up the Earth is the Pacific plate which lies under the Pacific ocean.  The edges of this plate lie under many different countries meaning certain towns and cities are built right on areas that could be affected by the moving plates at any time.  Many volcanoes and earthquakes occur around the edges of this plate and this is why it has the name 'The Ring of Fire'.  Have a look at the map to get an idea of how many countries are on the edge of the Pacific plate.

This news report below gives a great insight into The Ring of Fire.  When you are watching it make a note of all the places that are mentioned to give you an idea of just how dangerous this moving plate can be.  Can you see now why they call it The Ring of Fire?

Here is another clip which helps us see about the dangers.  Ring of Fire - News clip

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