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Mount Vesuvius as seen from the ruins of Pompeii, which was destroyed in the eruption of AD 79.

Vesuvius is a distinctive "humpbacked" mountain, consisting of a large cone (Gran Cono) partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera caused by the collapse of an earlier and originally much higher structure called Monte Somma. The Gran Cono was produced during the eruption of AD 79. For this reason, the volcano is also called Somma-Vesuvius or Somma-Vesuvio.

The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but is 1,281 m (4,203 ft) at present. Monte Somma is 1,149 m (3,770 ft) high, separated from the main cone by the valley of Atrio di Cavallo, which is some 5 km (3.1 mi) long. The slopes of the mountain are scarred by lava flows but are heavily vegetated, with scrub and forest at higher altitudes and vineyards lower down. Vesuvius is still regarded as an active volcano, although its current activity produces little more than steam from vents at the bottom of the crater. The last major eruption was in 1944.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on my last upload from Monte Cassino Abbey.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Jun 2012 - 3:07 PM
Focal Length:5.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Neighbour from Hell
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:19 Jul 2012 - 6:21 PM
Tags:Archaeology, Architecture, Italy, Landscape / travel, Mount vesuvius, Pompeii, Roman, Ruins, Somma-vesuvio, Somma-vesuvius, Vesuvio, Volcano
Votes:20

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 6:36 PM

Yes, a neighbor one would not choose to anger! Great write up and image!

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
19 Jul 2012 - 6:49 PM

Excellent narrative and image.

John

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 6:57 PM

A fine composition, capture and title, Philip Smile Carol

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
19 Jul 2012 - 7:05 PM

Grate knowledge of the ruins, well taken.
Elena

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 7:05 PM

And I believe a major eruption is now actually overdue!! Lovely composition, Philip, it was misted over when we were there.

Dave

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 12:02 AM

Great write up and image Phil,well done..Lin

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 7:30 AM

I remember it well, having sat within the ruins of Pompeii and admired a similar view! Wonderful place to visit but rather glad to live very far from any active volcano!! Like the comp in this image and a well captured shot.

Ann

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Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 9:01 PM

I would love to go, amazing history!
Diane

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