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Title: Black pearl of the Med.
Authors: Deidun, Alan
Keywords: Ustica (Italy)
Marine ecosystem management -- Italy -- Ustica
Issue Date: 2011-11-06
Publisher: Allied Newspapers Ltd.
Citation: Deidun, A. (2011, November 6). Black pearl of the Med.. The Times of Malta, pp. 1-2.
Abstract: Ustica is the oldest of all Sicilian islands, having emerged above the waves around one million years ago. The island is in fact the emergent part of a submarine chain of volcanoes which punctuate the Tyrrhenian Sea, especially in the stretch between Sicily and Naples. Even the island’s name reflects its inextricable relationship with fire and volcanism – in fact, ‘Ustica’ is uncannily similar to the Latin ‘ustum’, for ‘burnt’. The Greek name for the island, conversely, latches onto a more recent historical occurrence.
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