Mount Etna is a dynamic stratovolcano on the east shore of Sicily, Italy, in the Province of Catania, in the middle of Messina and Catania. It lies over the united plate edge between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It is the tallest dynamic spring of gushing lava in Europe, right now 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, however this changes with summit emissions. It is the most noteworthy mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers a territory of 1,190 km2 (459 sq mi) with a basal periphery of 140 km. This makes it by a wide margin the biggest of the three dynamic volcanoes in Italy, being around over two times the tallness of the following biggest, Mount Vesuvius. Just Mount Teide in Tenerife surpasses it in the entire of the European–North-African area. In Greek Mythology, the destructive beast Typhon was caught under this mountain by Zeus, the lord of the sky and thunder and ruler of divine beings, and the manufactures of Hephaestus were said to additionally be situated underneath it.
Mount Etna is a standout amongst the most dynamic volcanoes on the planet and is in a practically consistent condition of movement. The fruitful volcanic soils support broad agribusiness, with vineyards and plantations spread over the lower slants of the mountain and the expansive Plain of Catania toward the south. Because of its history of late action and adjacent populace, Mount Etna has been assigned a Decade Volcano by the United Nations. In June 2013, it was added to the rundown of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Volcanic action first occurred at Etna around 500,000 years prior, with ejections happening underneath the ocean off the antiquated coastline of Sicily. Around 300,000 years prior, volcanism started striking the southwest of the summit (focus top of fountain of liquid magma) then, before action moved towards the present focus 170,000 years back. Emissions right now developed the main major volcanic structure, framing a stratovolcano in substituting unstable and profuse ejections. The development of the mountain was periodically hindered by significant ejections, prompting the breakdown of the summit to frame calderas.
From around 35,000 to 15,000 years prior, Etna encountered some exceedingly hazardous ejections, creating vast pyroclastic streams, which left broad ignimbrite stores. Fiery remains from these emissions has been found as far away as south of Rome's outskirt, 800 km (497 mi) toward the north.
A great many years prior, the eastern flank of the mountain encountered a calamitous breakdown, creating a colossal avalanche in an occasion like that found in the 1980 ejection of Mount St. Helens. The avalanche left a vast discouragement in the side of the fountain of liquid magma, known as 'Valle del Bove' (Valley of the Ox). Research distributed in 2006 recommended this happened around 8000 years back, and brought about a tremendous tidal wave, which left its imprint in a few spots in the eastern Mediterranean. It might have been the reason the settlement of Atlit Yam (Israel), now underneath ocean level, was all of a sudden deserted around that time.
The precarious dividers of the valley have endured resulting crumples on various events. The strata uncovered in the valley dividers give an essential and effectively available record of Etna's eruptive history.
The latest breakdown occasion at the summit of Etna is considered 2,000 years prior, framing what is known as the Piano Caldera. This caldera has been completely filled by consequent magma ejections, yet is still unmistakable as a particular break in the slant of the mountain close to the base of the present-day summit cone.
Emissions of Etna take after an assortment of examples. Most happen at the summit, where there are as of now five particular holes—the Northeast Crater, the Voragine, the Bocca Nuova, and the Southeast Crater Complex . Different emissions happen on the flanks, which have more than 300 vents extending in size from little gaps in the ground to expansive pits several meters over. Summit emissions can be exceedingly unstable and breathtaking, however once in a while undermine the occupied zones around the fountain of liquid magma. Interestingly, flank ejections can happen down to a couple of hundred meters height, near or even well inside of the possessed territories. Various towns and residential areas lie around or on cones of past flank ejections. Subsequent to the year AD 1600, no less than 60 flank emissions and innumerable summit ejections have happened; about portion of these have happened following the begin of the twentieth century, and since 2000, Etna has had four flank ejections—in 2001, 2002–2003, 2004–2005, and 2008-2009. Summit emissions happened in 2006, 2007–2008, January–April 2012, and again in July–October 2012.
The outskirts of ten regions (Adrano, Biancavilla, Belpasso, Bronte (from two sides), Castiglione di Sicilia, Maletto, Nicolosi, Randazzo, Sant'Alfio, Zafferana Etnea) meet on the summit of Mount Etna, making this point one of elevenfold unpredictability, and in this manner clearly the most muddled geopolitical multi-point anyplace north of the South Pole.
Etna is one of Sicily's primary vacation spots, with a huge number of guests consistently. The most well-known course is through the street prompting Sapienza Refuge ski range, lying at the south of the hole at height of 1910 m. From the Refuge, a cableway runs tough to a height of 2500 m, from where the cavity region at 2920 m is available. Stage 9 of the 2011 Giro d'Italia completed at the Sapienza Refuge. Alberto Contador at first took the win, yet he was later excluded and the stage win passed onto Jose Rujano.
Ferrovia Circumetnea – Round-Etna railroad – is a limited gage rail line built somewhere around 1889 and 1895. It circles the spring of gushing lava in a 110-km long semi-circle beginning in Catania and consummation in Riposto 28 km north of Catania.
There are two ski resorts on Etna: one at the Sapienza Refuge, with a chairlift and three ski lifts, and a littler one on the north, at Piano Provenzana, with three lifts and a chairlift.