Fall in Love with Santorini … Not Off of it

Hi my name is Sarah Warner. I’m an Elementary education major and religious studies minor. Why did I go on a geology trip even though I’m not a Geology major you might ask? I have always loved geology but it’s not my calling and even though I won’t be a geologist, learning and expanding your knowledge on things you find interesting is always important. Also having experience in different subjects in the field is important for a teacher to be able to form creative lessons that can help children grasp concepts by showing them that they are applicable in the real world. 

This image shows a subduction zone, which is when two pieces of the earth’s crust are pushed together and the one that is denser will be pushed under the other. This zone is responsible for forming the volcanoes that make up Santorini. When these erupt they leave a layer of rock and ash that is unconsolidated. There is a high risk for earthquakes because this fault is still active. If/when an earthquake happens it can disturb the layer of unconsolidated rock and cause a landslide. 
This map highlights many of the places on this island that are at risk of landslides because of steep cliffs and loose rock. On our trip we have been to many of these at risk areas including Fira, the Akrotiri Peninsula, and Red Beach. 
This is an image that I took when the class visited Red Beach. There were so many people on the trail and on the beach all in very dangerous positions near hanging rock that could become landslides. People need to be more aware of their surroundings and take note of any warning signs that may be around. It was interesting to me that everyone was so relaxed listening to this violin player and staring at the ocean while our class was discussing how dangerous it was to be there.

This image was taken while driving up Mt. Mesa Vuno to get to Ancient Thira made up of Spartan ruins. This image shows the laxidasicale attitude of hikers towards the risk of landslides because this woman was right next to a landslide that we inferred is recent because it covered a large portion of the road.
The first time we saw the city Oia (EE-uh) was from the ferry ride we took from Athens to Santorini. It is a uniuque image of buildings sitting on a cliffside but also alarming, if an earthquake were to happen much of Oia would be in danger being swept into the sea by a land slide. I’m excited to see Oia soon because who knows how much longer it will be there. 

References:

Katsigianni, X., 2017, The interrelation between spacial planning policies and safety in the multi risk insular setting of Santorini in proceedings, Conference of the ERSA Greek Section, 15th, Greece: Athens, Colloquium of the ASRDLF, p. 1-18.

One thought on “Fall in Love with Santorini … Not Off of it

  1. I think you made some very interesting points in this post! I agree that it can be unsettling to see people so unaware of potential danger in areas such as Red Beach. You said that people should be on the lookout for warning signs, what kinds of warnings would you suggest tourists be looking for? Great post, can’t wait to read more!

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