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Linosa volcanic island, Sicily

Satellite image (compiled from Google Earth) of Linosa, a tiny volcanic island lying in the Sicily Strait between the south coast of Sicily and northern Africa. This is possibly the least known of Italy's numerous volcanoes and luckily has been spared from mass tourist invasion so far, which is mostly due to the difficulty in gaining access to the island. Although it is very small (only about 5.45 square kilometers), Linosa hosts numerous volcanic features including three major volcanic cones - Monte Nero, Monte Rosso, and Monte Vulcano - and a large hydromagmatic crater named Fossa Cappellano. Much of the island consists of relatively flat areas made up of lava flows that have been emitted from various volcanic centers at various times. The youngest eruptive center on Linosa is the uppermost portion of the Monte Vulcano cone, which is also the highest point on the island (196 m). Although there are no records of volcanic activity in historical time and signs of volcanic unrest such as gas emissions and seismic activity are absent, the younger volcanic features may be only a few thousand years old. About 450 people live here, most of them in the small village in the southern portion of the island. For more information, visit

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Uploaded on July 30, 2007