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Borrowed Time

By Philip_H
View across the Bay of Naples from Vico Equense, looking towards the distinctive silhouette of Mount Vesuvius.

Nearly 3 million people live in close proximity to Mount Vesuvius, which infamously erupted in A.D. 79, burying the prosperous towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This mountain has erupted more than 50 times since the eruption in 79 A.D. After Pompeii was buried and lost to history, the volcano continued to erupt every 100 years until about 1037 A.D., when it entered a 600-year period of quiescence. In 1631, the volcano killed an additional 4000 unsuspecting inhabitants. It was during the restoration after this eruption that workers discovered the ruins of Pompeii, buried and forgotten for nearly 1600 years.

Researchers agree that it is not a matter of if Vesuvius will erupt again, but when and how violently. The Italian government is even offering 30,000 Euros to anyone living in one of the 18 towns in the immediate area who is willing to move out of the area. Meanwhile, volcanologists are reconstructing the volcano’s past to better predict just what might happen when it blows its top again.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on my last upload from Pompeii.

Best wishes,

Tags: Italy Volcano Landscape and travel Mount vesuvius Bay of naples Vico eqense

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Tibetan 5 3 England
20 Jul 2012 3:57PM
Very nicely framed by the tree like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
20 Jul 2012 4:19PM
A perfect composition, Philip. Carol
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 6:04PM
looks just how I remembered it
just lovely
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
20 Jul 2012 6:13PM
Beautiful view, so well framed, Philip.

20 Jul 2012 7:45PM
Beautiful iconic view of Naples/Vesuvius, nicely framed by the tree, a view I remember well - lived there for 2 years, and my son was born there. Great memories. Thanks for posting this.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 8:18PM
Nicely composed image, and fascinating narrative too.
jdinne 14 16 England
20 Jul 2012 8:34PM
Great composition Philip and a very interesting narrative.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 8:59PM
Wonderful write up, Pompeii fasinates me, never been though,
Great image too, off to see the other one!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
20 Jul 2012 9:16PM
A beautiful image, love the colors!
21 Jul 2012 10:55PM
A beautiful image Phil,well captured..Lin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
22 Jul 2012 8:40AM
Beautifully framed by the tree it is a very charming Mediterranean view.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 5:26PM
Very well composed, a lovely scene.

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