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A Geologic Tour of the Pacific Ring of Fire: Easter Island

Evening Program (Session 3 of 7-Session Series) on Zoom

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV054
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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.

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Easter Island

Continue on to a place where a rising plume of magma from the earth’s mantle created an isolated island over the course of three million years, where volcanic vents and lava flows dominate the surface landscape. Examine the geology of the famous Moai statues, carved by the indigenous Rapa Nui. 

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