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Welcome to Etna Week!

Rocky Planet iconRocky PlanetBy Erik KlemettiAug 16, 2010 10:57 AM

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Italy's Mt. Etna erupting in November 2006.

Well, I am currently off in the wilderness, but that doesn't mean that things aren't still hopping here at Eruptions. We are lucky to have Dr. Boris Behncke of the INGV Catania as that blogger and he brings us a three-part series on Mt. Etna on the island of Silicy. That means this week is Etna Week here on Eruptions, so for all of you chomping at the bit for more information on the Italian volcano, you are going to get it (and then some).

Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, producing a spectacular show on the island of Sicily - and sometimes becoming a real threat to the people of the region. It has captivated people for thousands of years, starting in 729 B.C. from the Greeks and Romans who would peer into the volcano and wonder about how the inner workings of the world worked to modern-day satellites who can watch that same summit from space.

I think you're all going to love this series, so I'll thank Boris now for his great work. Enjoy!

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