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The Ring of Fire
In this lesson plan students will learn about the theory of plate tectonics and the geological history of Earth. They will investigate the region known as the Ring of Fire, where 75 percent of the active and dormant volcanoes of Earth are located. Students will review the theory of plate tectonics; use the Internet to research the Ring of Fire and answer questions about this region; view an animation of the tectonic history of Earth and draw maps predicting what the Ring of Fire region will look like in one hundred million years; and write paragraphs explaining what they have drawn.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-388
Educational standards:
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • Human systems:
      • The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'National Geographic Xpeditions Atlas'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Geographic Society