Eruption of Mount Etna, 1637

Eruption of Mount Etna, 1637

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Caption: Eruption of Mount Etna. 17th-century illustration of an eruption of the volcano Mount Etna on the island of Sicily, Italy. Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, currently reaches an elevation of over 3300 metres. It is the largest active volcano in Europe and many eruptions have been observed here throughout history. This depiction is titled (in Latin): 'Typus Montis Aetnae', with the year given as 1637. This illustration was published in a work published in 1678 by German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680).

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