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Inside of Vesuvius volcano

Inside of Vesuvius volcano
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Copyright: Maciej Gaweski (maaciejka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 82 N: 4427] (27117)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-05-31
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-28 2:10
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Points: 26
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This photo I found in my archive. It was taken in 2003 during our trip through Italy. Maybe this is not a beautiful picture, but in my opinion this is very interesting picture. This is inside of crater of Vesuvius volcano.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio, Latin: Mons Vesuvius) is a stratovolcano on the Bay of Naples, Italy, about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting. The two other major active volcanoes in Italy, Etna and Stromboli, are located on islands.
Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. They were never rebuilt, although surviving townspeople and probably looters did undertake extensive salvage work after the destructions. The towns' locations were eventually forgotten until their accidental rediscovery in the 18th century.
The eruption also changed the course of the Sarno River and raised the sea beach, so that Pompeii was now neither on the river nor adjacent to the coast. Vesuvius itself underwent major changes – its slopes were denuded of vegetation and its summit changed considerably due to the force of the eruption. Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.
Vesuvius has a long historic and literary tradition. It was considered a divinity of the genius type at the time of the eruption of 79 AD: it appears under the inscribed name Vesuvius as a serpent in the decorative frescos of many lararia, or household shrines, surviving from Pompeii. An inscription from Capua to IOVI VESVVIO indicates that he was worshipped as a power of Jupiter; that is, Jupiter Vesuvius.
The historian, Diodorus Siculus, relates a tradition that Hercules, in the performance of his labors, passed through the country of nearby Cumae on his way to Sicily and found there a place called "the Phlegraean Plain" (phlegraion pedion, "plain of fire"), "from a hill which anciently vomited out fire ... now called Vesuvius." It was inhabited by bandits, "the sons of the Earth," who were giants. With the assistance of the gods he pacified the region and went on. The facts behind the tradition, if any, remain unknown, as does whether Herculaneum was named after it. An ode by the poet, Martial, in 88 AD suggests that both Venus, patroness of Pompeii, and Hercules were worshipped in the region devastated by the eruption of 79. Whether Hercules was ever considered some sort of patron of the volcano itself is debatable.
Mount Vesuvius has erupted many times. The famous eruption in 79 AD was preceded by numerous others in prehistory, including at least three significantly larger ones, the best known being the Avellino eruption around 1800 BC which engulfed several Bronze Age settlements. Since 79 AD, the volcano has also erupted repeatedly, in 172, 203, 222, possibly 303, 379, 472, 512, 536, 685, 787, around 860, around 900, 968, 991, 999, 1006, 1037, 1049, around 1073, 1139, 1150, and there may have been eruptions in 1270, 1347, and 1500. The volcano erupted again in 1631, six times in the 18th century, eight times in the 19th century (notably in 1872), and in 1906, 1929, and 1944. There has been no eruption since 1944, and none of the post-79 eruptions were as large or destructive.
The eruptions vary greatly in severity but are characterized by explosive outbursts of the kind dubbed Plinian after Pliny the Younger, a Roman writer who published a detailed description of the AD 79 eruption, including his uncle's death. On occasion, eruptions from Vesuvius have been so large that the whole of southern Europe has been blanketed by ash; in 472 and 1631, Vesuvian ash fell on Constantinople (Istanbul), over 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) away. A few times since 1944, landslides in the crater have raised clouds of ash dust, raising false alarms of an eruption.

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hello Maciej
great shot with very good details and super sharpness

greeting lou

Ciao Maciek, amazing POV on fantastic crater, splendid light and colors, great composition, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-28 3:20]

Hallo Maciej,
Imponujaca fotografia krateru wulkanu.To sie nazywa fotografia natury.Doskonaly kadr,dobra prezentacja.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2010-11-28 3:54]
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Hi Maciej,
uou, I never thought I could see somthing like this! Great POV and DOF!! I canīt belive the flora that grows there. Compliments!

A forceful representation Maciej, your well exposed picture reveals the stratification within the caldera rather well. TFS this interesting image MF.

A spectacular view of the legendary Vesuvius volcano indeed, Maciej! What a majestic site! Good point of view and dept! Interesting notes as well! Bravo good work my friend!
George Veltchev

Hi Miciej.
Geat image of this legendary Volcano. I like the texturing of the walls of the crator and the plants that are growing inside. A ounce in a lifetime opportunity to see it I think, good for you. I like your notes as well. A group has excavated parts of Pompai as another city is built on top of it.
Have a nice day,

Hola Maciej

Vaya pedazo de volcan, con esas paredes bien formadas, buena imagen y buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Maciej,
Intersting shot, with nice colours and light.TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-30 5:02]

Hi Maciej,this is truely very interesting,especially for an italian member like me.Beautiful point of view and impressive panorama taken whit the best sharpenss and colors,excellent work in PP too,coming from an analogue pic.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Czesc Maciej!
Wspaniale miejsce, niebezpieczne, mroczne, mimo tego wspanialego jasnego swiatlo. Swietny pion. Poteguje efekt wysokosci. Dobra czysta kolorystyka.
Bardzo dobra notka informacyjna.
Klaniam sie!

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-12-07 20:50]

Hi Maciej,

Living in the moutain surrounded desert, shots like this much attract me and we have too places like this that is not explored yet. Here down I can see the signs of life, the plants and flowers as the sand slided inside there, well shot and TFS.


The picture is not a must in term of beauty, but its value in term of interest is enormous. I never saw the Vesuvio crater in such details
Thanks for sharing

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