David Pyle

University of Oxford

David Pyle - University of Oxford

I am a volcanologist in the University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences. I am interested in understanding why volcanoes erupt, and am looking for new ways of finding out about past eruptions using materials that are sitting in historic collections and archives. One day I shall climb Vesuvius. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Painting from a set of four Neapolitan landscapes by Tomaso Ruiz at Uppark.

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 Mount Vesuvius by Moonlight (The Eruption of 1787) by Giovanni Battista Lusieri (c.1755  1821)

Why is Mount Vesuvius so famous?

Mount Vesuvius forms an iconic backdrop to the Bay of Naples, Italy, and is one of Europe’s most active volcanoes. It is best known for an eruption in AD 79 that buried the Roman settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum under metres of ash.

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