Santorini Sep 2014 photos: Nea Kameni & breadcrust bombs

The 1866-1870 eruption of Nea Kameni produced some of the most spectacular breadcrust bombs seen on any volcano. During a tour on Santorini, we visited the island in late Sep 2014 and looked at some of them:
Cross-section of the 80 m diameter lava dome that composes the main part of Palea Kameni; note the concentric fractures in the inner part and the ring-shaped margin of radial fractures. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Cross-section of the 80 m diameter lava dome that composes the main part of Palea Kameni; note the c... [info]
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Iron-rich mud in a warm-water bay of Nea Kameni, formed by submarine hydrothermal activity. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Iron-rich mud in a warm-water bay of Nea Kameni, formed by submarine hydrothermal activity. (Photo: ... [info]
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Walking on Nea Kameni volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Walking on Nea Kameni volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of Agios Nikolas Bay, Palea Kameni (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of Agios Nikolas Bay, Palea Kameni (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Large bread-crust bomb; apparently, it had formed by agglutinating layers of lava around a large lithic core. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Large bread-crust bomb; apparently, it had formed by agglutinating layers of lava around a large lit... [info]
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Beautiful bread-crust bomb (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Beautiful bread-crust bomb (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Typical surface texture of a breadcrust bomb. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Typical surface texture of a breadcrust bomb. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Surprising surface detail (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Surprising surface detail (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View across the main crater of Nea Kameni volcano (Georgios crater) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View across the main crater of Nea Kameni volcano (Georgios crater) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Group photo at a perfectly shaped breadcrust bomb (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Group photo at a perfectly shaped breadcrust bomb (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Difficult to determine which is the largest bomb... This specimen certainly has a good claim on the title. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Difficult to determine which is the largest bomb... This specimen certainly has a good claim on the ... [info]
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Checking out large volcanic bombs (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Checking out large volcanic bombs (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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One of the largest bombs, approx. 10 m long, 2-3 meter thick and 5 m wide. It has an estimated weight of 200-300 tons. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
One of the largest bombs, approx. 10 m long, 2-3 meter thick and 5 m wide. It has an estimated weigh... [info]
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Andreas for scale at a very nicely shaped breadcrust bomb. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Andreas for scale at a very nicely shaped breadcrust bomb. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A giant bomb spit into 3 parts on impact about 300 m from the crater rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A giant bomb spit into 3 parts on impact about 300 m from the crater rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Perfect surface textures can be admired at these bombs. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Perfect surface textures can be admired at these bombs. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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