A Greek Recipe for a Big Wave

τσουνάμι
Tsunami (Greek)

Hey there! My name is Sierra and I am currently studying the geologic hazards associated with Santorini, Greece. As a class we’ve hiked basement rock, sketched a cinder cone, and observed ash deposits – all clear remnants of volcanic activity. One hazard you may not be quick to think of is tsunami, but being an island, the risk is always there. Don’t worry though, I’ve included a quick recipe to reference from home:

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You need land before it can flood.

Santorini, like anywhere else in the world is prone to experiencing natural hazards. On this study abroad trip my project is to explore the hazard of flooding. Throughout the coarse I will be focusing on what landscapes are needed to facilitate flooding, what places have flooded in the past, and which areas will be prone to flooding in the future. Flooding is dependent on the … Continue reading You need land before it can flood.

Plate Tectonics in the Aegean Sea… “I’m All Shook Up”

Plate motion is occurring all over the world. Plate motion is the driving force of earthquakes. Without plate tectonics, we wouldn’t have any of the landscapes we see today, including the island of Santorini. The white double arrows on this map represent the direction of plate motion of the African plate and the Eurasian plate. The Aegean microplate is a small portion of the much … Continue reading Plate Tectonics in the Aegean Sea… “I’m All Shook Up”

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. 

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You Sea, I Sea, We All Sea Tsunamis

When first entering this course, I had no clue what to expect. When Lisa told me my hazard was Tsunami, I thought to myself “we are here to study volcanoes, why the heck do I have to know anything about tsunamis?” Little did I know that this class was a whole lot more than just volcanoes. Tsunamis form at tectonic plate boundaries; however, there affects … Continue reading You Sea, I Sea, We All Sea Tsunamis

How Santorini Came to Be

Hi everyone! My name is Petra and I will be leading you on a tour of Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea with an explosive past. I’ve included a photo of myself above so you will recognize me as we go exploring. Let’s begin by looking at the different types of volcanoes! The photo above shows the six different types of volcanoes that can … Continue reading How Santorini Came to Be

Santorini: An Island Paradise with a Ground-Shaking Secret

Though Santorini is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, its beauty is a mask to a very violent history of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, floods, and many more hazards. With this in mind, it is okay to go to the beach, try some new foods, hike up a new terrain, and immerse yourself in greek island culture. But spending 4,000 … Continue reading Santorini: An Island Paradise with a Ground-Shaking Secret

Dishing Out Volcanoes

It may surprise you to hear that some of the most popular vacation spots across the world were once the most dangerous places man could ever set foot on. Keep reading to learn more about how this country we are staying in holds more secrets than it lets on… Works Cited Andrei, Mihai, 2015, The Thinnest Layer of the Earth: http://www.zmescience.com/other/science-abc/thinnest-layer-earth/ (Accessed June 2019). Huff … Continue reading Dishing Out Volcanoes

A History of Destruction – What Future Awaits?

I came to this island knowing little of what to expect. I traveled halfway across the world, across the Atlantic Ocean, to a country I’ve never been to before. It’s my first time leaving the U.S. and traveling to a country different from my own. In the beginning, I applied to the program on a whim and I was ecstatic that I was accepted into … Continue reading A History of Destruction – What Future Awaits?