Pockets Full of Rocks

This is a story about a young woman whose deeply bedded passion for geology led her on a journey of a lifetime. All her life she’s held an interest for rocks. Perhaps this is because her mother had a business called, Nature’s Treasure Chest, where she would sell agates, rocks, jewelry made out of crystals, and even clocks. Ah, yes, this little girl loved looking at rocks but she didn’t know much about them. Still she collected all the rocks she could at the beach, the lake, and even in parking lots from the planters. At first her parents thought it was cute until soon everything was filled with rocks! What they didn’t know was their little rock collector would find her way to Santorini, Greece collecting more rocks. Cape Mavropetra, Santorini is the place where she’d be. The beach littered with all the rock types seen throughout Santorini. Why is this? Keep reading and you’ll find out! Continue reading “Pockets Full of Rocks”

The Angle of Regret: Unpredictable and Unforgiving Landslides of Santorini

Living on a volcano has both its advantages and disadvantages. On the sheer cliffs of the caldera rim, hundreds of meters above the ocean, one experiences the breath taking views of Santorini and the vastness of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. The vibrant sunsets, lively culture, and white structured churches and villas built into the edge of the caldera rim are just a few of the treasures that set this island apart from any other. Santorini is one of the most active volcanoes in the Mediterranean region and is responsible for Thera’s striking sheer cliff faces of the caldera rim. However, with all of its beauty there lies an unpredictable hazard that could give way at any time, landslides.

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Cape Plaka: A Trail Through History

The day was June 06, 2018. My day began atop a landscape overlooking the Aegean Sea. The heat was blistering and the air was humid, but I will not forget what I saw this day. To the front of me is the Aegean Sea, but positioned to my right is the explosive history of Santorini. I examined the wall, taking in each gradational layer piled … Continue reading Cape Plaka: A Trail Through History

Reconstruction and Restoration: Preserving Ancient Artifacts

Preserving history is what museums strive for. People go through the galleries on a daily basis, always admiring different works. What some don’t realize is the amount of work that goes into preserving the artifacts and keeping them standing in their original positions     Each piece is made differently and handle in various ways. Although some of the images above may not be of … Continue reading Reconstruction and Restoration: Preserving Ancient Artifacts

Athens: The Two-Sided City [Tourist Perceptions VS. Local Reality]

Athens, Greece is known far and wide for its tourist attractions, these attractions ranging from its entrancing sights from atop the Acropolis to the ancient Grecian  architecture preserved in the city today.  This is the part of the city that people from around the world come to witness for themselves. What many tourists don’t expect to see is the graffiti. At my arrival, I witnessed … Continue reading Athens: The Two-Sided City [Tourist Perceptions VS. Local Reality]

To Judge without Roots: A closer look at the existence of plants on Santorini and their cultural impact

Greece’s geographical location in the Mediterranean limits the landscape to species that are drought tolerant. Santorini receives most of its precipitation in the winter leaving the summer months dry. Other than plant life having to undergo months without precipitation, they also endure the unforgiving caldera of Santorini. Needless to say, plant survival on Santorini is no easy task. My first impression of Santorini was how … Continue reading To Judge without Roots: A closer look at the existence of plants on Santorini and their cultural impact

Ancient Greece: The Struggle for Beauty, Strength, and Power

The concept of beauty, strength, and power has been an ever-changing ideology throughout time and the world. Each society has an understanding of what it means to be beautiful, strong, and powerful. Ancient Greece is no exception to this. With the fear of losing their power and strength to invaders and the Gods setting standards of how to be beautiful, Ancient Greeks were constantly striving … Continue reading Ancient Greece: The Struggle for Beauty, Strength, and Power

Architects Who Built Their Own Death Traps

Before going to a foreign country many people research the areas they are interested in and then decide where they are going to stay and what they are going to do while they are there. Some people may look at the weather or go during a certain season so that it is the most enjoyable to them. Even fewer people will research and learn about the government of the country they will be staying in and its relationship with their home country. Continue reading “Architects Who Built Their Own Death Traps”

Prepare for the Unknown

I went around Santorini asking locals and tourists how much they really know about the geologic dangers on the island. A young local boy told me “The old people tell us [stories of the island] and we forget, so we make up our own stories.” He had a decent idea about the island but didn’t know a lot about the active volcano nor the active fault line on Santorini. His friend confessed to me that he knew nothing about the island and felt as if he didn’t need to know. He explained “I work and sleep here, nothing else.”

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