Life’s gain to earth’s drain: Flooding in Santorini

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

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

Field Trips Through Time: A Geographical History of Santorini

As I walk the streets of Fira, Santorini and swim through the waves of tourists I see that most of them look out towards the center of the caldera. To them this island has always looked this way. Many know that around 1613 BC there was a cataclysmic eruption that forms the present day caldera and was a leading factor to the end of the Minoan civilization. Although they understand this, they do not realize that three cataclysmic caldera forming eruptions preceded the Minoan eruption and that even in the thousands of years in between each eruption the geography was constantly changing and morphing through volcanism and erosion into new shapes. As our class hiked around Thera, I saw before my eyes the different parts of this complex past that make it the paradise that it is today.

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