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Etna volcano trekking: photos from an excursion in Oct 2011

An excursion with a private guide for our group during the Stromboli to Etna tour in Oct 2011. A good example what to expect when the summit craters are closed, and there is no eruption (the eruption was on the next day...)
The New SE crater a day before its eruption on 8 Oct 2011. Seen from Torre del Filosofo, where most excursions start. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The New SE crater a day before its eruption on 8 Oct 2011. Seen from Torre del Filosofo, where most ... [info]
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No eruption being imminent, we approach the cone carefully for a short time only. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
No eruption being imminent, we approach the cone carefully for a short time only. (Photo: Tom Pfeiff... [info]
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A nicely shaped bomb from the eruption on 28 Oct. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A nicely shaped bomb from the eruption on 28 Oct. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The last lava flow from the SE-directed notch in the New SE crater. As sudden vent-clearing explosions (such as on 16 Sep) can occur any time, we only stay for a few minutes before retreating again to safer distances. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The last lava flow from the SE-directed notch in the New SE crater. As sudden vent-clearing explosio... [info]
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The vent inside the upper crater is still emitting hot steam - it will take many years before the dike inside the crater that once fed the spectacular 2002-2003 flank eruption has cooled down completely. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The vent inside the upper crater is still emitting hot steam - it will take many years before the di... [info]
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Oxidized lava are fou along the western rim of the large crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Oxidized lava are fou along the western rim of the large crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Silhouettes of tourists on the opposite rim; the SE crater in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Silhouettes of tourists on the opposite rim; the SE crater in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Group photo with our great guide Rosario. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Group photo with our great guide Rosario. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Close-up of an interesting red oxidized area on the 2002 crater of Etna volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Close-up of an interesting red oxidized area on the 2002 crater of Etna volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffe... [info]
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Fumaroles on the crater rim, in the direction of the eruptive fissure clearly visible, have altered the ground here. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fumaroles on the crater rim, in the direction of the eruptive fissure clearly visible, have altered ... [info]
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View into the 2002-2003 eruptive fissure of Etna. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View into the 2002-2003 eruptive fissure of Etna. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Group on a narrow ledge that separates two vents on Etna volcano, Italy. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Group on a narrow ledge that separates two vents on Etna volcano, Italy. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A steep descent leads us to the effusive vents of the 2002-3 eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A steep descent leads us to the effusive vents of the 2002-3 eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The beginning of the main lava channel, just outside the actual vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The beginning of the main lava channel, just outside the actual vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Later, we have a look into the Valle del Bove, a mighty depression on Etna's east flank, which has been created by repeated massive landslides, removing large parts of the east side of the volcano, likely as recently as ca. 5000 years ago. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Later, we have a look into the Valle del Bove, a mighty depression on Etna's east flank, which has b... [info]
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The trail leads us crossing an ash slope. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The trail leads us crossing an ash slope. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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