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Talk: Vesuvius, Volcanoes and the Sea

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Saturday 2 September 2017

Vesuvius is frequently cited as one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes due to the number of people living in close proximity. It remains an active volcano although it has not erupted since 1944. It will it erupt again, but when? Vesuvius has played an important role in the development of understanding of volcanic processes through the ages and has been the source of inspiration to generations of artists drawn to Naples to witness one of nature’s great spectacles. But why are there volcanoes in Italy and why do many of the world’s volcanoes occur at or even below sea-level?

This talk will compare and contrast the types of volcanoes in Italy with those in Iceland, Hawaii and Indonesia. Many famous artists have painted Vesuvius in eruption and art was the descriptive medium for volcanology until photography developed. Nowadays with the advent of travel, mobile phones and the internet we can all become volcano watchers from the comforts of our own living rooms.

Graham Duran trained as a geologist and spent 25 yeawrs at the University of Glasgow before becoming Questacon's Director in 2003. He now describes himself as an armchair volcano watcher but sill seeks out volcanoes at every opportunity.

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Includes: light refreshments

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