Santorini: the caldera cliffs seen from the boat (April / May 2007)

The steep, up to 300m high cliffs of Santorini's caldera show the violent geologic and volcanic history of Santorini like in a picture book. Thick, multicolored layers of various volcanic rock have accumulated during the past 500,000 years by the volcano's activity. In places, even the non-volcanic basement can be seen (Plaka, Athinios).
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Oia village at the northern tip of Santorini island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Oia village at the northern tip of Santorini island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Oia town above the steep caldera cliff (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Oia town above the steep caldera cliff (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_d20055.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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A large dike in the caldera wall (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A large dike in the caldera wall (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_d20057.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Dike (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Dike (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_d20064.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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santorini_d20065.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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santorini_d20066.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Black volcanic dike (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Black volcanic dike (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_d20068.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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A characteristic 4 m thick dark banded layer is in the caldera cliff of Santorini near Fira. It is a spectacular welded pumice fall deposit, corresponding to the Plinian phase of so-called Middle Pumice eruption (ca. 60 Ka). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A characteristic 4 m thick dark banded layer is in the caldera cliff of Santorini near Fira. It is a... [info]
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santorini_d20081.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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