Mount Etna

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Mount Etna which is one of the world’s most active volcanoes was causing public concern as well it started erupting recently.

About Mount Etna

  • It is Europe’s most active volcano and one of the largest in the world.
  • Its recorded volcanic activity dates back to 1500 B.C.
  • It is on the eastern coast of Sicily.
  • It is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. 
  • It is about 3,326 metres high and is the highest peak in Italy South of the Alps.

What are volcanoes?

  • Volcanoes are openings, or vents where lava, tephra (small rocks), and steam erupt onto the Earth’s surface.
  • These can be on land and in the ocean.
  • They are, in part, a result of their own eruptions but also the general formation of our planet, as tectonic plates move.

What is a stratovolcano?

  • It is also called a composite volcano.
  • This volcanic landform is characterized by a conical shape formed by layers of volcanic material deposited during successive volcanic eruptions.
  • These volcanoes tend to slope gently at the base but rise quickly near the summit to form tall mountain peaks.
  • They are typically found above subduction zones, and they are often part of large volcanically active regions, such as the Ring of Fire that frames much of the Pacific Ocean.

Q1) What are Alps?

The Alps are a majestic mountain range in Europe, stretching across eight countries: France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. They're renowned for their stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and popular recreational activities.

Source: Mount Etna erupts: Why some volcanoes just keep spewing lava