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All of the volcanicity in Italy is the result of the subduction of the African crustal plate beneath southern Italy. Italy itself appears to be rotating in an anticlockwise direction. Twisting and stretching the continental crust to breaking point about 7 to 8 million years ago. Huge volumes of basalt escaped from the mantle to coat the thinning [...]
Mount Vesuvius is part of a volcanic province running from Sicily in the south with frequently erupting Mt Etna, northwards through the Lipari/Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The floor of which is “littered” with extinct volcanic cones and seamounts. The volcanism continues to the Bay of Naples, the Phlegrian Fields at Pozzuoli, and northwards [...]
Vesuvius is the most famous volcano in the world, probably because of its eruption in AD 70 which buried several Roman settlements, including Pompeii and Herculaneum. This was recorded by Pliny the Younger after Pliny the Elder died, apparently of a heart attack rather than directly by the eruption. It is regarded as the most [...]