Volcanoes Of Sicily : Volcanoes

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Volcanoes in Sicily
On the beautiful island of Sicily there are numerous volcanoes, which make this island even more fascinating. It is the active geological activity that bestow this area those tempting volcanoes. According to the Plate Tectonics, the island of Sicily is located on the common border of Eurasian Plate and African Plate. And as two plate pushing against each other, this common border is called orogenic belts, which means that orogeny – the process which continental plate is folded and deformed by lateral compression to form a mountain range [1] – occurs in this area.
Since we mentioned volcanoes, we have to know that geologists divide volcanoes into different categories according to their different shapes or eruption pattern. We can divide volcanoes into two main types as their different appearances. Stratovolcano, usually appears as an elegant, refined, symmetrical cone because this type of volcanoes produces viscous lava, and after multiple eruptions, a perfect cone is formed [2]. As a result of its perfect shape, stratovolcanoes usually attract many tourists. Example of this type of volcanoes would be Mount St. Helens in United States, Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Vesuvius in Italy. But not all volcanoes have perfect shapes, shield volcanoes, which holds lava that have great fluidity, give them wide and gentle slopes, results in shield-like shapes. This type of volcanoes is a lot larger than stratovolcanoes. The most famous examples would be Hawaiian…

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