Italy'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.
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.
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