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  •  Yep, why do you think blood oranges are red (8+ / 0-)

    in the center? Mineral components from volcanic ash. And yes, it can make for a great soil amendment.

    •  hah, didnt know that (2+ / 0-)
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      GreenMother, RiveroftheWest

      blood oranges are red inside from the volcanic soil? Aha. Always something new to learn :)

      In response I can tell you that being a geologist in the volcano observatory of Vesuvius is a rather haunting job (not one I have, luckily), since it involves deciding which zones houses can´t be built in due to risk of pyroclastic streams, that tends not to sit well with local mafia. They are pretty unscupulous in their methods. It´s a difficult country down there. When Vesuvius wakes up again (its larger eruptions seem to have a certain quasicyclicity) a lot of people will be in danger.

      We once had given a job to a volcanologist from the Stromboli observatory. She came to our northern country, and returned home after one week. She was too homesick to manage here. We were all a bit sad because we really had wanted her.

      but if you ever make it to this side of the pond, you should travel along there. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Etna-Vesuvius arc from Sicily to Campania.

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