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The Ring of Fire, also referred to as the Circum-Pacific Belt, is a path along the Pacific Ocean characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Discuss the reasons for it.

Topic: Salient features of world’s physical geography.

1. The Ring of Fire, also referred to as the Circum-Pacific Belt, is a path along the Pacific Ocean characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Discuss the reasons for it. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2022 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write the reasons for the frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity in the Circum-pacific belt.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining what is Ring of fire and cite statistic related to the volcanism and eaqrthquake in the region.

Body:

First draw small, neat diagram of Ring of Fire and show its location, shape, and characteristics.

Next, discuss the formation of the Pacific Ring of Fire and explaining the reason behind its active state due to which it hosts the largest number of active volcanoes of the world, its association with plate tectonics. Give some of the important geological features associated with it.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stating relevance of the geographical feature to the world physiography.