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Climbing an active vulcano

Like an alien world

Sep. 2, 2017 -

Last week me and my wife went to Sicily for a little summer holiday. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is an autonomous region of Italy, along with surrounding minor islands. It's home to Europe's largest active volcano: Mount Etna. We had a chance to visit this lava spurring monstrosity and it was quite the experience.

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The view is spectacular.
The view is spectacular.
The brown color is oxidation iron, or simply
The brown color is oxidation iron, or simply "rust"
Overview of tectonic plates (image: USGS)
Overview of tectonic plates (image: USGS)
Lateral crater from 2001 - but if you look closely you'll notice many additional craters further below
Lateral crater from 2001 - but if you look closely you'll notice many additional craters further below
An overview of the craters - notice how it is kept up to date :-)
An overview of the craters - notice how it is kept up to date :-)
These craters are the result of explosive magma eruptions
These craters are the result of explosive magma eruptions

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