Devastation of the 1956 Earthquake

The year is 1956 and Santorini is as beautiful as it has always been with its white and blue adobe buildings perched on the caldera cliffs. The markets are filled with venders eager to sell their fresh produce. Profitis Ilias is looming over the city like a Sheppard watching over his flock. To any regular native of Santorini this seems like another day of business and enjoyment.

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A Four Legged Stool and A Water Scarcity

After three weeks in Santorini, Greece, my homesick heart aches for the smell of pines, the Grand Canyon’s plateaus, and the queen, herself, the Colorado River. When I think of home, the ocean does not first come to my mind. I think of the river, which once carved through rock; the river that we so heavily depend on in the South West region of the U. S. for water and agriculture.

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Around the World

Imagine what the Minoans saw if they ever tried to come back to their beloved island a couple of weeks after the eruption. There would have been ash everywhere, ash that would have been too hot to walk on. The whole ocean would have had a layer of pumice floating on it, which would have prevented the Minoans from visiting their home. The whole landscape changed dramatically, and would have been unrecognizable. The Minoans probably turned right around when they saw this. (Read Katie’s last blog to learn about why they left). I always like to imagine what their reactions would have been when they saw what happened. Maybe they didn’t know what even happened in the first place? Maybe they had an idea, and knew it was a smart idea never to return? Whatever did happen, the effects of the Minoan eruption intrigue me. Studying the volcano eruption is like the climax of the story, and researching the global effects is the ending. Continue reading “Around the World”

Mass Wasting on Santorini

Santorini is a beautiful island full of spectacular and amazing views; having been able to experience all the views that it had to offer has been incredible. The last in-depth look at the island came on boat day, this was the day that we got to go all around the island and look at the formations made by the volcanoes. Even at the port before we took off there was a beautiful mountain above us made out of scoria that was a brick like color. When looking at these you just see that they are beautiful and magnificent, but they are also fragile and can fall victims to mass wasting. Continue reading “Mass Wasting on Santorini”

Volcanic Weight Loss Program

I can feel it forming inside my stomach like it does after every trip to Lucky’s. My food baby, expanding and giving me stomach cramps. Each night, I get a gyro, I eat it too fast  a food baby is formed. The chicken and tzatziki combination melts on my mouth and becomes too good not to finish as soon as possible. I devour the beautiful pita sandwich and for the rest of the night, I carry the burden of my food baby. Eventually though it will go down, once it’s digested but like it always does each night, it will rise. I will go out to eat those delicious gyros from Lucky’s, and it will happen again and again until I am forced to leave this beautiful island.

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Cross-Cutting for Kids: It’s Safer than you Think

Before taking GLG112 (Geological Disasters) two semesters ago, I had not learned about geology in a class since seventh grade. I had totally lost interest in the physical sciences. I took GLG112 because it was suggested to me by my advisor to make up for having almost no physical sciences in my transcript. So I took Lisa’s lecture class and it sparked an interest in me. For the first time in a long time, rocks and geology were actually interesting again. That’s the power of a good teacher, they ignite a curioisity in you that you did not know was there. I share the same dream as most teaching students of being the favorite cool teacher and for my last blog post I wanted to combine some of the geology I have learned with teaching.

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In case of emergency the exits are here, here, here, here, here, here anywhere!

When I say that word ‘gas’ what do you think of? Probably the gasoline you put in your car? The gas I’m talking about is toxic gas seeping out of the ground. We went on a hike up Nea Kameni yesterday and I could smell rotten eggs with every breath I took from the gases and in parts of the island I could see the gas seeping out of the ground, trying with all its might to poison you. Continue reading “In case of emergency the exits are here, here, here, here, here, here anywhere!”

The Future of Santorini

Now that we have looked at some rocks in the area, and have studied the Minoan eruption, what comes next? What lies ahead for Santorini? The past two days our class has had the pleasure of learning from a very well known geologist, who came and spent time with our class. His name was  Dr. Georges vougioukalakis, yesterday he pointed out different formations in the cliffs of the caldera wall we were passing as we road by on a boat. He walked us through the different stages of the eruption and the construction of this island in its pieces. Then he proceeded to tell us about how they monitor the volcano now and, what to expect in the years to come regarding the Santorini caldera volcano and its future. I found the way he was able to calculate his estimations for the eruptions to come fascinating. Using small computers, and big equations, he was able to forecast the future. Continue reading “The Future of Santorini”

Education vs. Geology: The Magmatic Smackdown

When I first met with Lisa about coming on this trip, one of the first questions I asked her was “Are education majors allowed to come?”. I was worried that I would not be able to go because I am not a geology major, yet I enjoy it just as much. She said of course education majors can come on the trip and that was music to my ears.  Continue reading “Education vs. Geology: The Magmatic Smackdown”