A large number of communities as well as megacities have been growing around and even on active volcanoes. Mostly for soil fertility and abundance of volcanic rocks that are good building material, cities on or near volcanoes have grown and continue to grow. If, as is the case of the Neapolitan area, they are in a temperate climate zone, in both commercially advantageous and strategically favourable areas, despite the hazards, humans find good reasons for settlement and development. The Neapolitan area has been inhabited since Neolithic times. The development of an organized society began with the settlement of Greek colonies in the 8th century BC at Ischia and Cuma, in 680 BC on the Megaride islet and called Parthenope, and in 531 BC at Pozzuoli. Naples is a very suitable site for a field trip devoted to the illustration of the problems of a megacity in an active volcanic area. In fact, together with its surrounding towns, it has been growing between the Campi Flegrei restless caldera and the Somma-Vesuvius, forming a megacity, which we would like to call «Parthenopean Megacity».

THE NEAPOLITAN ACTIVE VOLCANOES (VESUVIO, CAMPI FLEGREI, ISCHIA): SCIENCE AND IMPACT ON HUMAN LIFE

CIVETTA, LUCIA;D'ANTONIO, MASSIMO;
2004

Abstract

A large number of communities as well as megacities have been growing around and even on active volcanoes. Mostly for soil fertility and abundance of volcanic rocks that are good building material, cities on or near volcanoes have grown and continue to grow. If, as is the case of the Neapolitan area, they are in a temperate climate zone, in both commercially advantageous and strategically favourable areas, despite the hazards, humans find good reasons for settlement and development. The Neapolitan area has been inhabited since Neolithic times. The development of an organized society began with the settlement of Greek colonies in the 8th century BC at Ischia and Cuma, in 680 BC on the Megaride islet and called Parthenope, and in 531 BC at Pozzuoli. Naples is a very suitable site for a field trip devoted to the illustration of the problems of a megacity in an active volcanic area. In fact, together with its surrounding towns, it has been growing between the Campi Flegrei restless caldera and the Somma-Vesuvius, forming a megacity, which we would like to call «Parthenopean Megacity».
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