Pompeii: Vesuvius' legacy and warning
Pompeii and Herculaneum in the Bay of Naples were destroyed but also preserved by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, as searingly hot avalanches of ash overran them. Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was buried to a depth of only 4m and an exploration of its excavated streets and buildings can teach us much about the Roman way of life. Herculaneum, buried to a depth of 20m, presented a more challenging excavation but has preserved taller buildings and while a smaller site, is an extremely dramatic one.
Mt. Vesuvius still looms over, and threatens, one of the most densely populated areas of Europe. David uses his geology background to examine the likelihood of it erupting again and what the consequences would be. An assessment of the emergency evacuation plans is combined with his knowledge of other volcanic areas to provide worrying insights.
Using his expertise as a guide to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius, David looks at the fascinating stories gleaned from the clues that litter this tempestuous landscape.
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