Photo of the Day 27 November 2008

Ruins, Pompeii, Italy, 1984
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta
The overgrown ruins of Pompeii stretch into the horizon, providing a glimpse into the flourishing urban life of its citizens before the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The volcano has erupted 80 times since unleashing colossal destruction in A.D. 79 but has remained mercifully quiet since 1944.