Faszination Volcano: Santorini May+Oct 08 (Part 1): Akrotiri

During our walking tours on Santorini island, we usually spend a day hiking on the southern peninsula, - the least touristic and still quite tradional part of the island. In addition, there are some very interesting geological features to be seen.
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Wineyards near Akrotiri village (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wineyards near Akrotiri village (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The present-day village of Akrotiri built around the ruins of the Medieval castle. The Santorini caldera in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The present-day village of Akrotiri built around the ruins of the Medieval castle. The Santorini cal... [info]
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Beautiful church near Akrotiri (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Beautiful church near Akrotiri (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Rural landscape near Akrotiri. Vineyards and fava fields (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Rural landscape near Akrotiri. Vineyards and fava fields (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Near Akrotiri, donkeys are still in use on the fields and the old mule trails are still in use. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Near Akrotiri, donkeys are still in use on the fields and the old mule trails are still in use. (Pho... [info]
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Man-made stone walls, about 4000 years old, found beneath the Minoan pumice layer. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Man-made stone walls, about 4000 years old, found beneath the Minoan pumice layer. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info]
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Small excavations revealing Minoan stone walls beneath the pumice layer of Santorini. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small excavations revealing Minoan stone walls beneath the pumice layer of Santorini. (Photo: Tom Pf... [info]
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Spring-time meadow  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spring-time meadow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The southern coastline near Akrotiri is dominated by white pumice and ashflow deposits from the Minoan eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The southern coastline near Akrotiri is dominated by white pumice and ashflow deposits from the Mino... [info]
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The Red Beach near Akrotiri (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The Red Beach near Akrotiri (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Layers of red scoria lapilli and bombs exposed at the red beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Layers of red scoria lapilli and bombs exposed at the red beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_g0140.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
santorini_g0140.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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White cliffs near Mesa Pigadia beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
White cliffs near Mesa Pigadia beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Captain Dimitris (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Captain Dimitris (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Cat streching its legs ("Pudauku") (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Cat streching its legs ("Pudauku") (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Traces in cement (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Traces in cement (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Gray cliffs of volcanic breccia (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Gray cliffs of volcanic breccia (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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On the way to Mesa Pigaria beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On the way to Mesa Pigaria beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Thick pumice and tuff layers at Mesa Pigadia beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Thick pumice and tuff layers at Mesa Pigadia beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Wave at Mesa Pigadia beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wave at Mesa Pigadia beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A man is ploughing his field with donkeys (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A man is ploughing his field with donkeys (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_g0228.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
santorini_g0228.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The impressive pumice cliff at the south coast (Santorini Island) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The impressive pumice cliff at the south coast (Santorini Island) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_g0265.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
santorini_g0265.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Restaurant tables above the water (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Restaurant tables above the water (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The southern part of Santorini island. Before the Minoan eruption at around 1613 BC, the coastline was much farther inland, and the now fertile ash plain was a rocky platform where the city of the Bronze Age island was located. In the area where a small part of the Cycladic town is excavated, a crane is visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The southern part of Santorini island. Before the Minoan eruption at around 1613 BC, the coastline w... [info]
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Volcanic breccia near Akrotiri and capers (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Volcanic breccia near Akrotiri and capers (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Large ballistic block with its impact structure preserved in the BU-1 pumice fall deposit (ca. 200,000 ka old) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Large ballistic block with its impact structure preserved in the BU-1 pumice fall deposit (ca. 200,0... [info]
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Climbing the impressive caldera cliffs with its many tuff layers exposed along a little trail (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Climbing the impressive caldera cliffs with its many tuff layers exposed along a little trail (Photo... [info]
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Thick pumice and ash layers from various volcanic eruptions exposed in the southern caldera walls of Santorini (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Thick pumice and ash layers from various volcanic eruptions exposed in the southern caldera walls of... [info]
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Our small group in May 2008 hiking along the caldera rim (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our small group in May 2008 hiking along the caldera rim (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Terraced vineyards (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Terraced vineyards (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Sulphur - a natural pesticide used since ancient times on Santorini (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sulphur - a natural pesticide used since ancient times on Santorini (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A spectacular outcrop of tuffs dissected by visible faults near the lighthouse (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A spectacular outcrop of tuffs dissected by visible faults near the lighthouse (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The thick ash flow deposits left by the Minoan eruption (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The thick ash flow deposits left by the Minoan eruption (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The third phase ash-flow deposit of the Minoan eruption, in places several tens of meters thick. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The third phase ash-flow deposit of the Minoan eruption, in places several tens of meters thick. (Ph... [info]
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Modern Greek building art... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Modern Greek building art... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The warm sunset light on the white cliffs of Mesa Pigadia  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The warm sunset light on the white cliffs of Mesa Pigadia (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Sunset watching (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunset watching (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Clear sunset and the Christiania Islands in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Clear sunset and the Christiania Islands in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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santorini_g0257.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
santorini_g0257.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Green flash (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Green flash (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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