At the rim of the Pacific Ocean is where two divergent tectonic plates reside. Since the plates in this area are constantly shifting away from one another another, they create a trench at the point in which the diverge away from each other.
Because of tectonic activity, The Pacific Rim; which you’re describing, lines the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Tectonic Plate – here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Pacific_Ring_of_Fire.png
The Image shows trench occurrence with its alignment along the Pacific Plate’s rim.
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