Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) (2000)
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United Nations (Geneva) 2002. World Heritage Series. Aeolian Islands.

The Aeolian Islands provide an outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena. 

Studied since at least the 18th century, the islands have provided the science of vulcanology with examples of two types of eruption (Vulcanian and Strombolian) and thus have featured prominently in the education of geologists for more than 200 years. The site continues to enrich the field of vulcanology. 

  • United Nations (Geneva) 2002. World Heritage Series. Aeolian Islands. 

Stromboli, volcanic island in southern Italy, in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Stromboli is the northernmost of the seven Lipari Islands (Isole Eolie) situated off the northeast coast of Sicily. Like neighboring Vulcano, the island is made up of an active volcano. Its crater, Sciara del Fuoco, rises 926 m (3,038 ft). Molten rock from the crater burns constantly and slowly, with the surrounding sea set aglow by free-flowing lava each night. Violent eruptions of the smoking volcano are rare. 

Italy 1999. Lipari. Italy 1985. Stromboli.
The island and its volcanic soils support limited agriculture. The local economy is primarily supported by summer tourists, who are brought over regularly from busy Sicilian ports to view the volcano and lounge on Stromboliís beaches. The island has a few small villages. Other islands in the Eolie archipelago are Vulcano, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea, and Lipari, the largest. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Italy (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Italy for further information about such sites. 

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