The Pacific Rim and Ring of Fire. Pacific Ring of Fire
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The Pacific Rim and Ring of Fire
Pacific Ring of Fire
Things that Go Bump in the Night! The Ring of Fire is an area of frequent seismic (volcanic) activity circling the Pacific Ocean.
Tectonic PlatesThis wildly active area is the result of tectonic plate activity and the movement and collision of these crustal plates on the earths surface.It is an approximately 25,000 mile horseshoe shape of a nearly continuous series of ocean trenches and volcanic belts of activity. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. Ninety percent of the world's earthquakes and 80% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.
Cities of the Pacific RimThe Pacific Rim refers to the countries and cities located around the edge of the Pacific Ocean where there are powerful economic centers. There are many economic centers around the Pacific Rim, such as Pusan, South Korea; Aukland, New Zealand; Brisbane Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; Lima, Peru; Panama City, Panama; Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Vancouver, Canada; Manila, Philippines; Santiago, Chile; Seoul, South Korea; Singapore; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan; and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Honolulu is the headquarters of various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations of the Pacific Rim. In addition, the RIMPAC exercise, for common protection of the area, is coordinated by United States Pacific Command, which is headquartered in Honolulu.
Aukland,North Island New Zealand
Sydney, AustraliaSydney Opera House
SingaporeOne of the four city-states in the world with the fifth highest standard of living of the worlds countries
What is a City-State? A city state is both a city and a sovereign country. An area that is sovereign has the right to rule itself and is controlled by no other area. In other words, it has the complete and supreme law-making authority. Singapore is an island city-state that lies at the tip of the Malay peninsula. It is the second most densely-populated sovereign nation in the world.
Both a City and a StateSingapore places emphasis on self-sufficiency in basic needs, like water. The government also stockpiles other key resources, such as sand and oil. In this way, Singapore tries to avoid overdependence economically, politically or militarily on larger states. As such, Singapore may represent the most complete contemporary example of a city-state, meeting the full definitions of both a city and a fully sovereign state.
Founded as a British trading company in 1819Parliamentary republic with universal suffrageHighly-developed free- market economyPCGDP - $52,900!!!One of the worlds busiest trade centers: LOCATION!!! LOCATION!!!LOCATION!!!
The Other City-States?Monaco most densely populated sovereign nationSingapore 2nd most densely populated sovereign nationSan Marino founded in the year AD 301, it is the oldest constitutional republic in the worldVatican City the Popes Place, fully encircled by the city of Rome
Ho Chi Minh City, Formerly Saigon, Vietnam
North Pacific archipelago
Taipei, TaiwanNorth Pacific
Hong Kong, China Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions, having been returned to China in 1997 from the British. It is not considered part of mainland China under the one country, two systems" policy. Hong Kong has a high degree of autonomy, is largely self-governing, and maintains a highly capitalist economy.
Pusan, South Korea
Vancouver, CanadaNorth America
Portland, Oregon USA
San Francisco, California USA
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California USA
Panama City, Republic of Panama
Santiago, Chile, South America
Honolulu, HawaiiNorth Pacific archipelago
Quick Check!!!What is the Ring of Fire and where is it located?Name 5 powerful cities in the Pacific Rim and the countries of which they are a part.Why are these cities important?Which one is a sovereign city-state?Define the term sovereign.Which of the cities has a free market economy within a communist country?Can you name anything that all these cities have in common?