Nisy­ros & Ge­ol­ogy

Santorini Traveler - - AEGEAN VOLCANO -

Nisy­ros Vol­cano

It dates back to the an­cient years but it is the new­est large ac­tive vol­cano in the Aegean Sea: its old­est rocks are about 150,000 years old while its new­est are al­most 15,000 years old. To­gether with Methana, Mi­los and San­torini, it is con­sid­ered a part of the ac­tive vol­canic arc of the Aegean. There are ten craters on the bot­tom of the caldera (which is not un­der­wa­ter!), the largest of which is Ste­fanos, with an im­pres­sive di­am­e­ter of 330 me­ters and in­tense hy­dro­ther­mal ac­tiv­ity. How­ever, the en­tire island of Nisy­ros is a huge vol­canic ed­i­fice, as every stone and rock was cre­ated as a re­sult of the vol­canic ac­tiv­ity.

The large va­ri­ety in the com­po­si­tion and forms of the rocks mak­ing up the island, the ex­ten­sive and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble nat­u­ral sec­tions and the won­der­ful cli­mate through­out the year make Nisy­ros an out­doors ge­o­log­i­cal mu­seum!

The Vol­canolog­i­cal Mu­seum

The first vol­canolog­i­cal mu­seum of Greece is sit­u­ated in Nikeia, Nisy­ros and aims at in­tro­duc­ing the vis­i­tors to the amaz­ing but un­known world of ge­ol­ogy and vol­ca­noes. The ex­hi­bi­tion it­self re­minds us of a true vol­canic land­scape and trans­fers the vis­i­tors inside the vol­cano!

Spe­cial thanks to Haris Di­akomi­halis for the con­tent.

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