By day, black skies; By night, a pillar of brimstone

The earliest warning we had was swarms of gulls; flocks and flocks of sea birds speckling the skies as they came to rest upon the shores. This was days before the first tremors came, aftershocks from far off past the horizon where sky and sea kiss. I hope you never have to feel such trembles of the stable Earth, child. We had no idea what was hot on the tail feathers of the gulls.

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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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Don’t forget to Red (Beach) between the lines

Hello! My name is Abigail and I’m majoring in Criminology but love learning about the Earth. That is why I came along with my Geology teacher to Greece! Santorini is full of geological hazards that scientists have to figure out and locate where these certain hazards may occur, such as volcanoes.

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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