It’s a Slip and Slide in the Winter

Welcome to the what to do and what not to do while in the island of Santorini. One important aspect to know is that though the world renown cliffs of Santorini are beautiful they are misunderstood because of their dangers. Though Santorini is gorgeous, the island is filled with hazards of mass wasting. Mass wasting is an event where any type of material where it … Continue reading It’s a Slip and Slide in the Winter

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

Surviving Shattered Glass

As a little girl, I was told horror stories by my grandma about our ancestors and the monstrous wave that hit our little island of Santorini Greece, devouring everything in its path. I listened, eyes wide with terror as she detailed how at first the people living on the island were in awe and thought they had been blessed because the retreating ocean had left … Continue reading Surviving Shattered Glass

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.

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

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

Earthquakes and Buildings: A Rocky Relationship

I never traveled outside of the United States before. Therefore, I was never thrown into another culture. When we arrived in Santorini, I remember asking myself why the buildings looked so different. I found out that those buildings were just in the process of being built! It intrigued me to find out more about the buildings here. Where I am from, you often see complex structures made of wood, then insulation and dry wall. Before you know it, the homes are built! Continue reading “Earthquakes and Buildings: A Rocky Relationship”

Unsuspecting Tourists and the Hazards of Nea Kameni

There really is no place like this in the world. A place where the water shines a deep, mesmerizing blue to the point where you get lost in the oscillation of the waves. A place where buildings as white as snow, with roof tops a glimmering light blue fill the eye as far as it can see. Where the sheer cliffs that change color what looks like every few feet stretching down to the beginnings of the sea. This is not just a place of beauty, but a place of destruction. A place where without warning, an unworldly power can be unleashed from the depths. The violent history is that of one’s nightmares. This is not a place of fiction, this is Santorini.

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