Etna: one surprise after another

Few days ago the brothers Dario and Paolo Terri discovered a new cave on Etna, at an altitude of 3000 meters. For this reason this cavity has been called Grotta 3000. The Terri brothers are 2 hikers and ski instructors who love our volcano and in their excursions have already discovered about 60 caves. Grotta 3000 is about 12 meters high and hides a small frozen lake. It is a recently formed cave, probably born after the 2014 eruption and it could disappear with the next eruptions of the volcano.

The caves on Etna are more than 300 and to let people know these natural wonders the Terri brothers have created the “Etna Lava Tubes” project through which it is possible to appreciate the particular characteristics of the caves. Among them there is the “Grotta Polare” which is at an altitude of about 2000 meters on the north-west side of the volcano. This cave contains a small glacier as well as the “Grotta del Gelo”.

Another famous cave is “Gravità Permanente” a cave dedicated to the Sicilian singer and songwriter Franco Battiato who loved Etna. He died on May 18, 2021 and just after his death the volcano erupted.

The two hikers will continue their excursions and who knows what else they will discover because Etna is a casket full of treasures.

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