Alcantara River Gorge, Sicily
November 19, 2012
Photographer: Giuseppe Pappa
Summary Author: Giuseppe Pappa
The photo above shows the Alcantara River Gorge, located between Messina and Catania in Sicily. This scenic gorge was created by an eruption of Mt. Moio, a minor scoria cone of Etna, probably around 4,500 years ago. While the lava was still hot a huge crack opened creating the original gorge. Later water flowed in and began eroding the rock. Over time, the Alcantara cut a channel through the easily erodible, angled basalt columns. Photo taken on October 28, 2012.
Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 1100D; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III; Focal Length: 36.0mm; Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.020 s (1/50); ISO equiv: 160; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: Landscape Mode; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.