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Santorini

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Santorini – the landscape of a volcanic future

The Santorini volcano activity is rooted deep in time, with its begining about two million years ago and reaching the last major eruption, which is usually called Minoan, around 1600 BC. This final large explosion caused the precipitation of the volcanic dome and engulfed most of the island in the sea, creating the caldera that we see today.

How did it happen

The volcanic activity on Santorini is a result of the subduction of the African plate under the Eurasian plate. The African plate melts at a very deep level and then the molten rock reach the surface and form the volcanoes of Methana, Milos, Santorini and Nisyros, which constitute the volcanic bow of Southern Aegean.

Did you know

Santorini is mentioned in the book of J.Verne "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and was an inspiration for the book "The Mysterious Island" where Captain Nemo and his crew watch a volcanic eruption.

He was one of the visitors and scientists that visited the island during the eruptions of 1866 – 1870 and wrote the well-known book just after it.

 

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