Clockwise: Poás volcano crater, central Costa Rica, Augustine Volcano, Alaska, and Taranaki Mounga, New Zealand
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Most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions do not strike randomly but occur in specific areas such as those along tectonic-plate boundaries. Several of these define the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic collisions drive the majority of our planet’s earthquakes and volcanoes, and over time created spectacular mountains such as the Andes and the Rockies. With its intriguing geology, the Ring of Fire has been a hotspot not only seismically and volcanically, but as a destination of interest for world travelers.
Join volcanologist and popular study tour leader Kirt Kempter as he leads a journey across seven regions of the Ring of Fire, exploring their distinctive geologic settings, and using maps, dramatic photos, and Google Earth flyovers to bring these destinations to life.
Although it is slightly beyond the Ring of Fire’s boundaries, Kempter finds much of interest in this four billion-year-old continent’s distinctive geologic history, including sedimentary rocks formed as iron precipitated out of ancient oceans, some of the oldest fossilized remains on the planet, and iconic formations such as Uluru and the Bungle Bungle Range.
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