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Where Do Volcanoes Occur?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.88

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     challenging words:    Loihi, subducted, subduction, tectonic, rift, magma, mantle, volcanic, tectonics, region, coastal, material, result, zone, volcano, separate
     content words:    Pacific Ocean, South America, Pacific Plate, Mediterranean Belt, Mediterranean Sea, Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Hawaiian Islands


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Where Do Volcanoes Occur?
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Is there a volcano in your back yard? Probably not, unless you live near the Ring of Fire.
 
2     The Ring of Fire is a zone that is shaped like a horseshoe. It circles around the coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean for about 40,000 kilometers. It touches four continents: North and South America, Asia, and Australia.
 
3     This region is called the Ring of Fire for a good reason. Seventy-five percent of the earth's active and dormant volcanoes are located in these areas.
 
4     Why have so many volcanoes formed along the Ring of Fire? The answer is plate tectonics. This area is a subduction zone.

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