Etna and the perception of volcanic risk

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Abstract

Sicily’s uneven geological structure is positioned within a system of tectonicplates, and its very active volcano has always made it prone to disasters. Many Siciliancities have in fact been destroyed by natural events many times over the centuries. Thiscan certainly be understood negatively as the destruction of entire towns, the emissionof volcanic ash, and the mutation of landscapes by a terrifying force have instilled fearfulmemories in local populations. But from another point of view one must considerthe positive elements of Etna. Its beautiful landscapes were a major attraction on theGrand Tour, and its inhabitants have long associated the volcano with the concept ofrebirth and fertility. This paper analyzes two age groups of residents in the town ofNicolosi and is a small part of an ongoing research project that is much more complex,involving representative samples of the entire population of several towns around Etna
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)486-497
Numero di pagine12
RivistaGeographical Review
Volume103
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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