*Tutto ciò che la natura ha di grande,
tutto ciò che ha di piacevole,
tutto ciò che ha di terribile,
si può paragonare all'Etna,
e l'Etna non si può paragonare a nulla
(D. Vivant Denon “Voyage en Sicile”)
Everything in nature is grand,
everything is nice,
everything is terrible
you can compare it to Etna,
Etna - you can't compare her to anything
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2014 is here and Mt. Etna is ready!
Her eruptions have been documented since before 1500 BC
~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ ~*~*~*~*~*~*~I’m so very proud to announce - better late than never - Mt. Etna has been inducted into UNESCO!
Mount Etna is an iconic site encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mount 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.
And last year? We caught the birth of her new crater!
Blwyddyn newydd da, Gracie!
Goes without saying....S&F!
Etna's rainbows and smoke rings to you