Vesuvius Volcano, Italy - Europe

 

Vesuvius is well known for the catastrophic eruption in 79 AD, which obscured the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii. It is an intricate volcano and has a long history of the oldest dated rock, almost 300,000 yrs old. It was gathered from a drilled near the volcano and was expected to be a part of Somma volcano. After 17,000 years ago, when it collapsed, Vesuvius volcano began to form. It was frequently shaken by huge earthquakes. The rocks found at Vesuvius are known as tephrite, which contains calcic plagioclase, nepheline, augite and leucite minerals. Vesuvius is a dangerous volcano.
     
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