Solfatara, Italy (Volcano Week 3)

It’s Volcano Week 3 here at GSS, which explains why all of our posts over the course of the week are very likely to be volcano related. In a suburb of Naples lies a shallow volcanic crater named Solfatara. Considered dormant since its last eruption in 1198, today the crater has bubbling mud pools and fumaroles which emit steam containing sulfur and other gases. If you’re thinking that may smell bad, you’d be correct. The stench is indescribable! Hard to imagine then, people of the late 19th century voluntarily sitting in caves near the crater that were turned…

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