Pompeii : The Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius Essay

1001 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Alex Hernandez
Earth Science
Lab Group 0B06

Pompeii: The Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius
Mount vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland europe. Located on the west coast of italy, The mountain overlooks Naples and sits on in the crater of the ancient somma volcano. The volcano is classed as a complex stratovolcano because its eruptions typically involve explosive eruptions as well as pyroclastic flows. Though mount vesuvius has had many eruptions, its most famous eruption was the one that destroyed the city of pompeii in 79 A.D.
Ever since the ancient Greeks settled in the area in the 8th century B.C., the region around Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attracted wealthy vacationers who wanted to soak up the sun and the scenery. By the turn of the first century A.D., the town of Pompeii, located about five miles from the mountain, was a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens. Elegant houses and elaborate villas lined the paved streets. Tourists, townspeople and slaves bustled in and out of small factories and artisans’ shops, taverns and cafes, and brothels and bathhouses. On the eve of that fateful eruption in 79 A.D., scholars estimate that there were about 20,000 people living in Pompeii and the surrounding region. The mountain is believed to be hundreds of thousands of years old and has an explicit history of violent eruptions. Around 1780 B.C a very violent eruption (known as the Avellino eruption) shot millions of tons of superheated…

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