MAPS IN THE NEWS:
New Zealand was in the news this week when a volcano just off the northern coast of New Zealand's North Island erupted unexpectedly. There are about a dozen volcanoes on or just offshore the North Island, part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," as students who have taken my "Hands-On Geography" class may be able to predict. This map shows where the Pacific Plate is subducting under the Australian plate just to the east of the North Island, creating the Kermadec Trench and, about 200 miles to the west, a band of volcanoes, including the one that just erupted. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8a/NZ_faults.png/800px-NZ_faults.png
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