The Aeolian Islands provide an outstanding record
of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic
phenomena. Studied since at least the 18th century, the islands have
provided the science of vulcanology with examples of two types of
eruption (Vulcanian and Strombolian) and thus have featured prominently
in the education of geologists for more than 200 years. The site
continues to enrich the field of vulcanology.