Pompeii and Herculaneum in the Bay of Naples were destroyed but also preserved by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, as searingly hot avalanches of ash overran them. Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was buried to a depth of only 4m and an exploration of its excavated streets and buildings can teach us much about the Roman way of life. Herculaneum, buried to a depth of 20m, presented a more challenging excavation but has preserved taller buildings and while a smaller site, is an extremely dramatic one.
Using his expertise as a guide to Pompeii and Herculaneum David explores these fascinating sites and unravels what we can learn from them. Multiple visits have allowed David to build up a library of great images, stories and insights. But Mt. Vesuvius still looms over all, and threatens one of the most densely populated areas of Europe, making it the most dangerous volcano in the world. David uses his geology background to examine the likelihood of it erupting again and what the consequences would be. An assessment of the emergency evacuation plans is combined with his knowledge of other volcanic areas to provide worrying insights.
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