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Mounts Vesuvius and Etna, Italy

37.7N 14.9E

December 9th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Two volcanoes are visible near the coast of Italy, Mount Vesuvius by the city of Naples (upper left quadrant) and Mount Etna in Sicily (below image center).

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano on the coast of the Bay of Naples, about nine kilometres (six miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Taller than Mount Vesuvius, it currently stands 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. Here, its peak is capped with snow, while the summit of the lower Mount Vesuvius is not.

Mountains Around Strait of Messina, Italy

38.2N 15.6E

May 28th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Strait of Messina, Italy - May 27th, 2009

Strait of Messina, Italy - May 27th, 2009

The Strait of Messina is the narrow section of water between the eastern tip of Sicily (left) and the southern tip of Calabria (upper right) in the south of Italy. At its narrowest point, it is 3.1 km (1.9 miles) wide.

The city of Messina can be seen as a small white area southwest of the narrowest point of the strait. The bright white area on northeastern coast is an industrial area near the city of Milazzo.

In this ASAR image, the lines on the water show its movement through the strait and in the sea to the south.

Another prominent feature is the  Mount Etna volcano (left). The mountains in this image can be observed with great clarity, thanks to the orthorectification technique used to eliminate geometric distortion.

Plume from Mount Etna, Italy

October 19th, 2008 Category: Volcanoes

October 19th, 2008 - Sicily, Italy

October 19th, 2008 - Sicily, Italy

Plume from Mount Etna

Plume from Mount Etna

Mount Etna (Aetna in Latin, also known as Muncibeddu in Sicilian and Mongibello in Italian, a combination of Latin mons and Arabic gibel, both meaning mountain) is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Its Arabic name was Jebel Utlamat (the Mountain of Fire). It is the largest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,924 ft) high, though it should be noted that this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km² (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius.

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of eruption. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.

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