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Snowfall on Mount Vesuvius, Italy

January 30th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Snow on Mount Vesuvius - January 29th, 2009

Snow on Mount Vesuvius - January 29th, 2009

The peak of Mount Vesuvius (center) is covered by snow

The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).

The slopes of the mountain are scarred by lava flows but are heavily vegetated, with scrub at higher altitudes and vineyards lower down.

Another volcano, Roccamonfina, can be seen to the northwest. It is notable for its caldera, which has a diameter of 6 km. Unlike Mount Vesuvius, it is not snow-capped here.

Offshore, an algal bloom is visible. It is stronger in the Gulf of Salerno (right) and along the coast above Naples (left). The bloom in the Gulf of Naples itself, however, is more clear.

source Wikipedia

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