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Ring of Fire

Updated on 01/29/2015

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will plot recent earthquakes and volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean on a map.

Objectives

  • Students will plot recent earthquakes and volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean on a map to discover the relationship between these events and the plate boundaries.
  • Students will use their maps of earthquakes and volcanoes to predict the types of boundaries in the "Ring of Fire".

Vocabulary

  • plate boundary
  • tectonic plate
  • volcano
  • earthquake
  • continent

About the Lesson

This lesson allows students to plot actual earthquake and volcano data in order to map the boundaries of the Pacific plate.

As a result, students will:

  • Understand the physical characteristics and spatial patterns on the Earth's surface related to plate tectonics.
  • Describe what may happen when plate boundaries meet (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes, faults, mountain building).