Friday, April 04, 2014

The Mount Vesuvius - ITALY

The Mount Vesuvius is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, mainly because of the massive eruption that destroyed the roman city of Pompeii and that we all saw in the movies and TV. To be honest I thought that Mount Vesuvius was part of the UNESCO WHS "Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata", but after reading the UNESCO website I realized it's not, just a Biosphere Reserve - to be honest I think it should be a part of the WHS, after all if it was not for the eruption of this volcano Pompeii ruins would never be so well preserved. Nevermind that, it's a wonderful card and I love it, thank you so much Giovanni, grazie mille! This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
The Mount Vesuvius present crater - ITALY
Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 km  east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. It consists of a large cone partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera caused by the collapse of an earlier and originally much higher structure. Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. That eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash and fumes to a height of 33 km, spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, ultimately releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima bombing. 

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