Neighbour from Hell

By Philip_H
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,

Tags: Roman Architecture Italy Ruins Volcano Archaeology Pompeii Landscape and travel Mount vesuvius Somma-vesuvius Somma-vesuvio Vesuvio

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taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
19 Jul 2012 6:36PM
Yes, a neighbor one would not choose to anger! Great write up and image!

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jdinne 13 16 England
19 Jul 2012 6:49PM
Excellent narrative and image.

CarolG Plus
10 199 19 Greece
19 Jul 2012 6:57PM
A fine composition, capture and title, Philip Smile Carol
19 Jul 2012 7:05PM
Grate knowledge of the ruins, well taken.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.7k 148 England
19 Jul 2012 7:05PM
And I believe a major eruption is now actually overdue!! Lovely composition, Philip, it was misted over when we were there.

20 Jul 2012 12:02AM
Great write up and image Phil,well done..Lin
EAS Plus
7 1 13 Scotland
20 Jul 2012 7:30AM
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.

Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 9:01PM
I would love to go, amazing history!

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