The Ring of Fire and the Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ring Fire Volcanoes

Volcanically speaking, this is the Earth's busiest side. The volcanoes that mark the Ring of Fire - over 1,000 of them - are located in no fewer than four continents and span a wide variety of scenarios, climates, and cultures (Fig. 1.2). A good starting point for our journey is the scenic North Island of New Zealand, one of the world's prime volcanic areas. This is where the most violent eruption in historical times took place the Taupo eruption of AD 186. What we know about this cataclysmic...