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Location map of Italy's most active volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, Vesuvius, Vulcano, Lipari, Campi Flegrei)
Location map of Italy's most active volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, Vesuvius, Vulcano, Lipari, Campi Flegrei)

Lipari island:

Lipari, the ancient Meligunis, is the largest island of the Eolian Archipelago and its economic and cultural center. It is located immediately north of Vulcano Island. The island contains numerous small stratovolcanoes, craters, and lava domes on a basement of submarine volcanic deposits.


The latest eruption in historic times, probably in 729 AD, at Monte Pilatus at the NE tip of the island, formed a spectacular obsidian lava flow. Since Ancient times, the island has been known for its rich deposit of pumice (the largest deposit in the world!) and obsidian, - a highly valued raw material to manufacture tools such as knives and arrowheads in the Stone and Bronze Age. Obsidian from Lipari has been found throughout the Mediterranean, proving that a vast trade network existed already during the 2nd millennium BC.


Lipari volcano

stratovolcano 602 m
Eolian Islands, Italy, 38.51°N / 14.95°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
Typical eruption style: dominantly explosive; eruptions of pumice, followed by construction of lava domes and effusion thick obsidian lava flows.
Lipari volcano eruptions: 729 AD (?, alternative date: 580 AD) at Monte Pilato, formation of "Rocce Rosse" obsidian flow
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Fri, 19 Sep
Fri, 19 Sep 05:32 UTCM 3.1 / 15 km12 kmSICILY, ITALY
Fri, 19 Sep 04:44 UTCM 2.2 / 11 km11 kmSICILY, ITALY
Thu, 18 Sep
Thu, 18 Sep 23:07 UTCM 1.7 / 13.9 km14 km10.6 km S da Leni (ME)
Thu, 18 Sep 18:57 UTCM 2.4 / 125 km31 kmSICILY, ITALY
Wed, 17 Sep
Wed, 17 Sep 04:34 UTCM 2.1 / 119 km17 kmSICILY, ITALY
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Lipari, the ancient Meligunis, is the largest island of the Eolian Archipelago and its economic and cultural center.

Background:

It is located immediately north of Vulcano Island. The island contains numerous small stratovolcanoes, craters, and lava domes on a basement of submarine volcanic deposits.
The latest eruption in historic times, probably in 729 AD, at Monte Pilatus at the NE tip of the island, formed a spectacular obsidian lava flow. Since Ancient times, the island has been known for its rich deposit of pumice (the largest deposit in the world!) and obsidian, - a highly valued raw material to manufacture tools such as knives and arrowheads in the Stone and Bronze Age. Obsidian from Lipari has been found throughout the Mediterranean, proving that a vast trade network existed already during the 2nd millennium BC.

Lipari Photos:




The castle of Lipari town seen from the sea
The castle of Lipari town seen from the sea
Pumice-covered white beach on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)
Pumice-covered white beach on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)
Obsidian block on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)
Obsidian block on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)

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