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Welcome to some background and photographs of an active volcano.
Mount Etna, or Etna, is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.
Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe, measuring some 3,329 m (10,922 ft). Mt. Etna has been active for the whole duration of recorded history and has inspired many myths. The Ancient Greeks believed that Zeus imprisoned the monster Typhon under Etna and that the forge of Hephaestus lies at its core.
Mt. Etna is indeed magnificent, yet it can turn violent at a moment’s notice, spewing deadly lava down its slopes.
Interesting fact: There are two ski resorts on Mt. Etna.
Mt. Etna is a mecca for tourists, allowing them to experience the might of an active volcano in relative safety.
Clancy's comment: This is a fabulous part of the world, especially for photographers.