Three volcanoes erupting, 1696 artwork

Three volcanoes erupting, 1696 artwork

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Caption: Three volcanoes erupting, artwork published in Specula Physico-Mathematico-Historica (1696), an encyclopedia of science by the German monk and author Johann Zahn (1641-1707). The text is in Latin, and the volcanoes are (from top to bottom): Etna (Sicily), Vesuvius (Italy), and Hekla (Iceland). The different eruptive behaviour of these volcanoes is shown here. Etna is an explosive stratovolcano; Vesuvius is a less explosive somma volcano; and Hekla is a fissure volcano that steadily produces lava but is much quieter than the other two.

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