1 August 2009
…and the rest of my favorite Italian photos.
The Valle del Bove on Mount Etna, with the current lava flows steaming at the summit (upper left of the photo; click to see it larger!)
A Norman castle in the town of Aci Castello, Sicily. (This was a coolness overload for me; not only is it an 11th century castle, which makes the archaeologist in me drool, it’s built on pillow lavas. How’s that for geoarchaeology?)
Hydromagmatic deposits and dune structures on the island of Procida, just outside the Bay of Naples. These were chock-full of accretionary lapilli (which unfortunately disintegrated on the trip home).
The neatest spot on Procida, even if there was a lot of trash around – an angular contact between hydromagmatic deposits and the welded layer underlying fines-depleted breccias. The breccias were amazing – huge chunks of pumice, trachytes, obsidian, scoria, all packed together with almost no matrix, and grading into a “typical” ignimbrite. (Volcanologists don’t understand a lot about how these are emplaced, but one of the PhD students in my department is working on it for her dissertation.)
The Roman city of Hercolano (Herculanium), with Vesuvius in the background. We were lucky that there was almost no one visiting, unlike Pompeii (which I’ll have to see another time). It was beastly hot, though.
*Okay, so it was a commemorative builder’s hammer from the construction of some ostentatious overly-decorated edifice somewhere. I bet it would make a pretty decent fossil chipper, too.