Monday, March 09, 2015

Aug 2013: Peering into the Volcano

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We jump back into the bus and head off to see Mount Etna

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passing some lovely sights…this is an abandoned building

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And a roof top abandoned fort.

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we are heading up there

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Can you see the black pyroclastic lava river cutting a sharp black knife across the landscape? The lava came that close to the settlement.

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Can you imagine, living here and watching this tidal wave of lava and steaming hot rock coming over the horizon at you?

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the clouds start covering the skies

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the winding road up to the volcano

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somebody actually lives here?

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here are some intrepid explorers going lava cave spelunking.

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this is evidence of much recent lava flows, not much greenery around

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we finally reach the base camp, so to say

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the roof tops are covered by volcanic rock…, crazy, eh?

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We jump into the cable car

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somebody is happy

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two calderas on the right as we rise through the air

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some people actually walk up the bloody slope! I wouldnt mind doing it, if we had the time

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still heading up

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and then we have these buses to take us onwards and upwards. You can decide to just stop here and not go further.

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and it started raining

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you have to drive between these poles, as there’s no point in putting up a road, it will simply get buried under the next eruption.

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we reach the top.

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and there she is, the top of the volcano

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its covered with snow

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that’s another caldera

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volcanic bombs

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the guide takes us to a nearby caldera where a fumarole is fuming

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it was curiously awe-inspiring. to be surrounded by these piles of volcanic rock and the puffs of white steam coming out.

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somebody else is smoking

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the ice has been around here for long

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presence of iron

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the skies are cloudy but the clear blue breaks through sometimes.

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its an extraordinary landscape

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more fumaroles on the mountain slopes

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we go back to the buses

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catching more fumaroles.

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another rock which is splitting

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my two cost centres

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another view of the plain.

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it wasnt as if it was one or two vents, it was crowded with vents, the entire landscape was smoking

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an old laboratory station here, which was ruined in some explosion some time back.

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another view of the slopes

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Diya climbing one of the slopes.

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tyre tracks

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here’s my handsome fella and me trying a selfie :)

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yep, we love you too.

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And then you see all the countryside spread out over in front of you, all this can be overtaken by a lava or pyroclastic flow if Etna decides to get upset. Now you can understand how Pompeii and Herculaneum happened. Very dangerous.

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last view of the smoking slopes.

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getting back down the road

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tiny buses

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an old flow

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looking at the two cones

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but life comes back…even after a volcano.

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down the ropeway

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there’s a schematic of the volcano.

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we get back into the bus and drive down…seeing the lava flows down the mountain.

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we pass houses and buildings which have been overpowered by Lava flows.

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last view of her

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as we move down across Sicily to get back to Cefalu

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Another gorgeous view of the mountains

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with the lovely clouds

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and the sun is setting…

some of the video’s of the time up in the mountain. One day I am going to actually trek into a volcano and see lava, but one of the bucket list items has been ticked off. Nice meeting you Hades / Vulcan.

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