Geography Trip to Naples 2014
The Geography Department is looking forward to visiting Naples and the surrounding areas in 2014. It will a chance for your child to experience and visualise the parts of their GCSE course. Below you will find information on the places we will be visiting.
We will visit the observatory at the volcano as well as walk around the rim of the volcano
Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. It is one of several volcanoes which form the Campanian volcanic arc. Vesuvius consists of a large cone partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera caused by the collapse of an earlier and originally much higher structure.
Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and
destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. That eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash and fumes to a height of 20.5 miles, spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, ultimately releasing a
hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima bombing. An
estimated 16,000 people died due to hydrothermal pyroclastic flows. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of two letters by Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus.
Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.
The Phlegraean Fields
Pompei - UNESCO World Heritage Site
We will be staying at the 3 star Hotel Il Faro in Sorrento.