Lecture | Robert Giegengack on Vesuvius

A nice UPenn lecture on the ‘science’ side of Vesuvius and related volcanoes … here’s the blurb:

The Pompeii Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with the Franklin Institute’s new “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition, kicks off with this talk by Dr. Robert Giegengack, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Mount Vesuvius is the most active volcano in Europe and the Mediterranean; its explosive eruption in 79 CE produced a cloud of heated dust and gases that killed about 16,000 people in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the adjacent countryside. In this lecture, Dr. Giegengack discusses the history and science surrounding the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes in the Calabrian Arc.

2 thoughts on “Lecture | Robert Giegengack on Vesuvius

  1. I guess that Vesuvius/Pompeii was a lot like Mt. St Helens in 1980, but much more violent and serious….
    The only way to be safe, in case of an eruption, is far far away, no matter what the eruption is, because it is hard to predict how much of a bang you will get…

    You may be interested in this music video…
    The story of:
    Pompeii (Bang Bang My Lover Shot Me Down, Nancy Sinatra)

    In perfect French (audio only):

    To see/hear 50+ other wonderful vids, go here:
    And, this Facebook page may interest:

  2. Thanks Pete, it is such a beautifully melancholic song, with a strong impact on you!
    And these lines are pure poetic pleasure:

    “Some say it looked like a pine tree”
    “This cloud of ashes and debris”
    “And now it’s named after Pliny”
    “He documented history.”

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