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Old 12-22-2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Campi Flegrei Caldera ?

A supervolcano caused the largest eruption in European history. Now it’s stirri

The Italian name for the caldera — Campi Flegrei, or “burning fields”— is apt. The 7.5-mile-wide cauldron is the collapsed top of an ancient volcano, formed when the magma within finally blew. Though half of it is obscured beneath the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, the other half is studded with cinder cones and calderas from smaller eruptions. And the whole area seethes with hydrothermal activity: Sulfuric acid spews from active fumaroles; geysers spout water and steam and the ground froths with boiling mud; and earthquake swarms shudder through the region, 125 miles south of Rome.

And things seem to be heating up. Writing in the journal Nature on Tuesday, scientists report that the caldera is nearing a critical point at which decreased pressure on rising magma triggers a runaway release of gas and fluid, potentially leading to an eruption.

More https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...stirring-again
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Fascinating. This supervolcano must somehow be a result of the convergence of the African and Eurasian plates -- different from Yellowstone which is the result of a hot spot.

After visiting Naples some years ago, I always knew that city would be ephemeral, but evidence of this additional volcanic activity further shortens the lifespan of the city.
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Fascinating - what led you to think Naples might be short lived? Something specific or just a feeling?
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Interesting. I wonder of this could lead to an E.L.E.

It most certainly would wipe out Italy and a good portion of the Mediterranean.
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Fascinating - what led you to think Naples might be short lived? Something specific or just a feeling?
Just a feeling, especially after visiting Pompeii which is nearby.
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I expect visiting Pompeii & its exhibits, then seeing such a caldera would leave most with that feeling.

Sometimes, feelings are reflections of an instinctive unease worth paying attention to.
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The Italian cuisine is not so terribly good in my opinion anyway
Also, Italians have hair on their arms, talk with their hands and are very loud
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But Ter they do produce good looking women
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