Gole dell'Alcantara

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About 1,200 meters high on the slopes of Etna, the Alcantara river flows, winding and inaccessible. Thousands of years ago the Mojo, a small Etneo crater, erupted a huge mass of lava invading the entire valley of the Alcantara river.

The magma made its way to the sea channeling itself on the bed of an ancient river, sinking into the more clayey stretches and, once cooled, forming high basalt walls. Subsequently the icy waters of the river Alcantara, flowing, eroded the lava flow, drawing a kind of canyon known today to all as Gole Alcantara. The constant action of the water smoothed the basaltic walls of the gorge, producing that effect of brilliant gloss that can only be seen under the sunlight. The color contrasts are very strong: from the black of the rock to the blue of the sky to the green of the water.

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