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Activity at Mount Etna, Italy – March 26th, 2013

37.7N 15.0E

March 26th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy – March 23rd, 2013

Visible just west of the clouds lining the east coast of Sicily is the snow-capped Mounta Etna volcano, the largest of Italy’s three active volcanoes. The faint grey line that can be seen streaming east-southeastward from its peak is a stream of gas and ash from multiple craters.

Apennines and Mount Etna, Italy – May 5th, 2012

40.8N 15.3E

May 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - April 28th, 2012

The Apennine Mountains are a mountain range consisting of parallel smaller chains extending c. 1,200 km (750 mi) along the length of peninsular Italy. Here, their slopes appear mostly brown, with snow-capped peaks in some places. In the southwest they end at Reggio di Calabria, the coastal city at the tip of the peninsula.

Since about 2000 the Ministry of the Environment of Italy, following the recommendations of the Apennines Park of Europe Project, has been defining the Apennines System to include the mountains of north Sicily, for a total distance of 1,500 kilometres (930 mi). Here, the volcano Mount Etna can be observed in eastern Sicily, with brown slopes and a snow-capped peak.

Mount Etna Erupts for Third Time in 2012, Italy – March 5th, 2012

37.7N 14.9E

March 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Mount Etna - March 4th, 2012

Visible by the left edge of this image is Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. A white cloud of ash and steam can be seen spewing forth from the volcano, which is already erupting for the third time in 2012. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) higher than it was in 1981. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km² (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km, making it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy.

Volcanic Peaks of Mount Etna and Aeolian Islands, Italy

37.7N 14.9E

February 4th, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - February 2nd, 2012

The island of Sicily (left) and southern Italy (right) are separated by the Strait of Messina, which connects the Tyrrhenian Sea with the Ionian Sea, within the central Mediterranean.Visible near the eastern coast of Sicily is Mount Etna, and visible off the northern coast are the Aeolian Islands.

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions. It also 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. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

The Aeolian Islands or Lipari Islands (Italian: Isole Eolie) are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. Scientifically the archipelago is defined as a “volcanic arc”. There are two active volcanoes – Stromboli and Vulcano. The volcanic activity of steaming fumaroles and thermal waters are on most of the islands.

Ash Plume from Mount Etna, Italy – October 16th, 2011

37.7N 14.9E

October 16th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - October 13th, 2011

A plume of ash can be seen spewing from Mount Etna and blowing towards the southeast. Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania.

It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) higher 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.

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