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The geological clock of volcanoes

Author: Euronews Knowledge

Main category: Natural Sciences (Earth sciences)

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The volcano is one of the most powerful representations of nature, it can change territories and subsequently the history of human kind. Knowing its behaviour during an eruption is essential in order to understand its evolution. In Naples, which lies in the shadow of the Vesuvius' volcano, a new project is hoping to uncover the clock-work-like mechanics behind an eruption.

The bay of Naples is potentially one of the most dangerous areas in the world. The densely-inhabited city lies in the middle of a volcanic system made up of the Phlegraean Fields, the island of Ischia and Vesuvius, which German writer Goethe once called "a peak of hell rising in the midst of paradise". It's the perfect case study for researchers from the Chronos project.

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