Speaking with the Sea Floor

Between January 2011 and February 2012, Santorini was enveloped by crisis. An average of 50 earthquakes a day constantly shook the islands and terrified locals. Santorini residents refer to the 14 months of earthquakes as the Crisis Period and were relieved when the seismic activity finally ceased. But what many of the locals didn’t realize was that deep below the surface of the water the caldera floor was sending a message: the volcano is recharging.
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Akrotiri: Abandoned and Preserved

Throughout human history, volcanoes have played a critical role in both the creation and the destruction of civilizations. While the fertile soil created by volcanic activity attracts the development of nearby settlements, an eruption has the power to annihilate a flourishing culture. In some cases, such as those of Italy’s Pompeii and Santorini’s Akrotiri, the eruption style pairs destruction with preservation resulting in a snapshot … Continue reading Akrotiri: Abandoned and Preserved

Santorini’s Secret Past

“And in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea” (1).

The myth of Atlantis is one of the oldest tales of mankind; the story of a great utopia swallowed by the sea. Over time, many connections have been made that suggest the Greek island of Santorini was once the flourishing city of Atlantis and that it was the island’s most recent volcanic eruption that led to the rapid disappearance of this fabled civilization.

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