On the first day in the field, our group walked down the road from our hotel to Fira Quarry. From the top of the trail, I had a great view of the size of the rock outcrops that extended all the way down into the mined out area, but from the bottom of the quarry I was staring up at 20 meters of Minoan eruption ash and pumice. The wall of rock that stood dauntingly above me made me think about why it stopped where it did and what happened to all the other material that once filled in the area we were standing in, and why it would benefit anyone to mine the pumice at the quarry. Continue reading “A Rock Solid Idea: Impermeable Cement”
Throughout human history, volcanoes have played a critical role in both the creation and the destruction of civilizations. While the fertile soil created by volcanic activity attracts the development of nearby settlements, an eruption has the power to annihilate a flourishing culture. In some cases, such as those of Italy’s Pompeii and Santorini’s Akrotiri, the eruption style pairs destruction with preservation resulting in a snapshot … Continue reading Akrotiri: Abandoned and Preserved
Zeus clutches the heart of the island with force, ripping it from the sea. Leaving only five remnants of the landmass, he violently hurls his geologic projectile at the titans with the intent to destroy them.