Sicily – The crossroads of the Mediterranean

The island of Sicily contains Europe’s largest and most active volcano (Mt. Etna) as well as several famous volcanoes off the northern coast that form the Aeolian Islands. I spent 4 months here, studying patterns of convergence on relatively young lavas.

red hot lava flow


Mt. Etna supports a small ski resort

Mt. Etna most recently erupted in July 2001, during which time several of my study sites were destroyed.


Mt. Etna also supports a small ski area and various adventure activities.

steaming ground



Vulcano, on an island twenty miles north of Sicily, has lent its name to all volcanoes.


Vulcano's crater