National Geographic : 1932 Apr
SNOW AND CINDERS CROWN ETNA'S MASSIVE BULK The 10,758-foot volcano dominates the Sicilian landscape and is visible far at sea. One must travel 90omiles toencircle itsbase, which covers an area about five times that of the District of Columbia. Among the ancients it was thought to be the prison of achained giant, theflames that issued from its crater being his breath and its rumblings his groans. Earthquakes were attributed to his turning over. Captain Mittelholzer flew above Etna enroute to Persia and to Africa.