Presentation on theme: "It is 500,000 years old and it has an elevation of 3.32994 kilometres. It has the longest history of eruption. It’s about 35,000 years and it is still."— Presentation transcript:
It is 500,000 years old and it has an elevation of kilometres. It has the longest history of eruption. It’s about 35,000 years and it is still growing!!! The last eruption was in 1661and it was the worst eruption ever that Mount Etna has ever done.
Mount Etna is a stratovolcano on the east side of the Island of Sicily. Standing 3,329 meters tall, Etna is the second largest volcano in Europe, and the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. But more importantly, Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, in an almost constant state of eruption. Here is a picture.
Geologists believe the Etna started erupting about 300,000 years ago. In the last 35,000 years or so the mountain has had many explosive eruptions with pyroclastic flows cascading down its banks. Ash from Mount Etna eruptions has been found in Rome, located 800 km away. The successive eruptions have also caused calderas on the mountain to collapse creating depressions. There are now almost constant eruptions on Etna, with severe eruptions happening every 20 years or so.