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Climbing Mount Etna

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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Overview of tectonic plates (image: USGS)
Overview of tectonic plates (image: USGS)
The higher you get the rougher the terrain becomes
The higher you get the rougher the terrain becomes
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 :-)
The brown color is oxidation iron, or simply
The brown color is oxidation iron, or simply "rust"
Fresh lava, just a few months old, clearly recognisable
Fresh lava, just a few months old, clearly recognisable
Our guide, Peppe, uncovers some dark patches on the crater. Steam escapes from it - you can literally feel the heat!
Our guide, Peppe, uncovers some dark patches on the crater. Steam escapes from it - you can literally feel the heat!

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