Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

The Island of Vulcano is a perfect example of how the shapes and colours created by its magmatic nature change over time. It is one of the youngest of the Aeolian Islands, as subaerial activity began “only” 127,000 years ago. In this “brief” time, however, several volcanic structures overlapped, with the main emission centre gradually moving northwards.

Il Gran Cratere de La Fossa
The subject of the photo is the Gran Cratere de La Fossa, located in the center. In the lower foreground there is the tree-lined and semi-circular plain of the Vulcanello peninsula. It is connected from the rest of the island with a sandy isthmus, which appears in the central vertical position and to the right of the photo, with the sea touching both sides and above the houses of the port of Vulcano. The Gran Cratere de La Fossa is in the central vertical portion of the photo, under a blue sky. Almost up to the top it has small shrubs that make it green, while its circular top, being a crater, is ocher yellow. In the background you can see the southern portion of the island of Vulcano.

One of the main characteristics of Vulcano’s magmatic system is the formation of a caldera collapse at the end of the activity of each eruptive centre.
Volcanic activity above sea level began in the current south-western part of the island, with the formation of a volcanic cone. Its collapse led to the formation of the Caldera del Piano, one of island’s the most important morphological elements. Around 78,000 years ago the eruptions moved northwards, to the area where the Fossa cone is present today, with the formation of several small eruptive centres.
Finally, the current Fossa cone began to form around 8,000 years ago, with a series of volcanic eruptions often accompanied by small lava flows. This intense volcanic activity, combined with the constant fumarolic activity present in the Gran Cratere of La Fossa, fed the myth of Hephaestus during Greek and Roman times, and many other legends in later centuries. The last eruption from 1888-90 was also characterised by vulcanian eruptions: this was one of the first eruptions in the world to be observed and studied in first person, by the scientist Giuseppe Mercalli.
Together with Etnean volcanologist Orazio Silvestri, he studied the eruptive mechanisms and the chemical-physical characteristics of Vulcano’s magma.

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Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

The summit craters

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The salt lake of Lingua

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