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Mt. Etna photo by Pequod
The Mt. Etna site is iconic, encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mt. Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented. The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other Earth science disciplines. The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes. The diverse and accessible range of volcanic features such as summit craters, cinder cones, lava flows and the Valle de Bove depression have made the site a prime destination for research and education.
(There is also an update on the Dec
26, 2018 eruption of Etna at this link.)
- (Oct 20) No comment. There are a number of iconic snapshots of Naples: the Egg Castle here, Vesuvius there, and whatever else. There is one favored by many as representing the "authentic" life of real people—the web-like mass of clothes-lines strung from building to building across the narrow streets. On laundry day, you can have four or five stories of bed-sheets and underwear criss-crossed, fluttering in the breeze and bright sun like medieval banners—or maybe even medieval bed-sheets and underwear. Note the words "web-like." The papers report that a 20-year-old young man, despondent at unrequited love, threw himself from the fourth floor of a building on via Caravaggio yesterday. His fall was broken by the clothes-lines and he plunged not to his death but to minor injuries treated at a local hospital.