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Etna, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands speaker

Etna and the volcanic Aeolian islands

Stromboli eruptionItaly's volcanic islands

Mt. Etna and the volcanoes of the Aeolian islands represent the physical expression of weaknesses in the Earth's crust. Etna, on Sicily, is the highest active volcano in Europe. Stromboli (one of the Aeolian Island volcanoes) has been continuously active for over 2,000 years, and was known to Roman sailors as a navigational beacon: "the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".

Starting in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old city of Catania (destroyed by Etna in the 17th century) we will explore the summit and environs of Etna and look at its impacts on the surrounding area. Then we will island hop around Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli. The latter offers spectacular views of regular eruptions from its summit. Vulcano has bubbling sulphur fumaroles on its summit. Lipari bears the scars of its recent volcanic pumice quarrying activity.

Speaker on Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius With a combination of stunning images, video, and sound recordings, I bring the region and its culture alive and using my geological background explain its importance and what the future holds. The activity is linked with Naples' Vesuvius, the most dangerous volcano in the world. Italy is no stranger to earthquakes and eruptions but manages to turn lemons into lemonade...or Limoncello.

"David’s talk on Pompeii to the Thirteen Society was highly informative as well as entertaining. The excellent graphics allied to David’s lucid explanations meant that the audience left knowing much more about volcanic eruptions and their consequences for populations who choose to live close by. The talk went very well and everyone enjoyed it. People were impressed with the slides and video clips which came over very well. As on his previous visits he was excellent.”
The Thirteen Society, Kingswood (Pompeii, 2016)
"Thank you so much for delivering such an illuminating talk on Pompeii last night. The animation of the day of the eruption was absolutely fascinating and the Pathe News shots from the 1944 eruption were intriguing. I especially enjoyed the photo of the American servicemen making toast. Your insight into the restoration of the site was most interesting and we all enjoyed the artwork, both serious and light hearted. A truly wide ranging presentation.”
Rosie Spalding, Guildford Travel Club (Pompeii, 2016)

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