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Vesuvius

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All the photographs on this page are by Mike Freedman.
 
 
Looking down into the crater. The crater is around 700 metres across. The surface outside is very cindery. In the far wall you can see that the crater rim is made of layers of rock. Vesuvius is a cinder cone, made up of layers of cinders and solidified lava. The cone of Mt. Vesuvius rises inside the remains of the caldera of Mt Somma. This, much older volcano collapsed around 17,000 years ago. Mt Somma has given its name to the phenomenon of volcanoes inside larger, older calderae, which are known as somma-type volcanoes. Mt Somma is  much larger and rather lower than Vesuvius itself. Trees grow on the older surface but very little has begun to grow on the lava flow from the latest eruption in 1944, which stretches around the bottom of the crater rim. These two photos show the inside of the rim of Mt Somma. You can clearly see the car park and gift shop as well as the footpath snaking up to the crater rim of Vesuvius itself. Although Vesuvius is an active volcano, it has been quiet since 1944. This picture shows a column of steam rising form a fumarole just inside the crater rim.
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This view from the top of Vesuvius is looking across towards Naples, which it is just possible to make out through the haze, beyond the wooded lower slopes.
In the foreground you can see clouds rolling in across the cindery surface of the cone.
       
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