I know what you’re thinking. How the heck do sea monsters and Star Wars relate to geology? But believe me, they do. And it’s crazy. Let me tell you a story about how one very large volcano was swallowed up by an even bigger one. Continue reading “There’s Always A Bigger Fish” — Qui-Gon Jinn
Water is necessary for all life, yet if not properly prepared for; it can, in excess be destructive, both physically and economically. When most people think about flooding they picture houses and cars partially submerged after a massive event. While this does happen, flooding on a smaller scale happens on a daily basis all around the world. In Santorini specifically, abundant rainfall during the winter … Continue reading Life’s gain to earth’s drain: Flooding in Santorini
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.
During my time here in Santorini I have done a lot of thinking. Thinking about life, volcanoes, and most of all trying to wrap my head around the earth that I am standing on. I have found a spot of my own here, it is off a beaten path, where no one goes and it has incredible view of the Kameni shield volcanoes. I have sat there for hours just trying to imagine the transitions and the magnificent power behind the construction of Santorini. There were many processes and five phases that have contributed to building this beautiful island, but the final phase, also known as phase four, and the phase I will be focusing on in this paper was catastrophic, the exit of this eruption was nothing short of grand.
The 1613 +/-13 BC Minoan eruption is known worldwide for its colossal eruption that was nearly equal to the eruptions of Tambora and Krakatau in Indonesia. We are studying this specific eruption because while it greatly effected the morphology of Santorini, the population of the island was effected as well (1). This eruption is crucial in our understanding of future caldera eruptions and expands our knowledge of the likelihood of another eruption.