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Snowfall Covering Summit of Mount Etna, Italy – March 8th, 2011

37.7N 14.9E

March 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - February 11th, 2011

The summit of Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, is covered with snow in this winter image. The sides of the famous stratovolcano are lacking in vegetation and thus appear dark greyish grown.

During the year 2010, the summit craters of Etna were the site of intermittent, minor explosive activity, which produced only minor quantities of ash and no lava flows. The vent on the east side of the Southeast Crater cone became again active in late December; activity then intensified in early January 2011.

Click here for a look at the volcano’s activity in early December 2010, and here for its activity in mid-December.

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