Blog Posts Tagged "hotspot"

How the Ring of Fire is an Exclusive Club the Louisville Seamount Trail Cannot Get Into

If you look at the picture that accompanies this blog, you will notice that just to the left of the Louisville seamount trail is a dark blue line that runs all the way down to New Zealand. That line is a boundary. To the left of it all the volcanoes (and there are a lot of them) are in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

What do Hawaii, Yellowstone National Park and the Louisville Seamount Trail all have in common?

So your first guess may be “tourist destination.” That is 2/3 correct, the exception being tourists rarely visit the Louisville Seamount Trail (at least, not without a drill ship). The answer that is 3/3 correct is that all three of these places were created by hotspots.

Make a Seamount Trail in the Classroom

Learn about a hands-on activity that can help students visualize how a hotspot and a moving plate can create a seamount trail.

Journey Not Quite to the Center of the Earth Strikes Back

For the Unobtainium Falcon to travel inside the earth, it has to have a lot more features than your parents’ minivan. First it needs to be able to travel through the ocean, then it needs to drill through solid rock and then it needs to be able to move through incredibly hot magma that can be thicker than honey.