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Today tourists flock to the spectacular Greek island of Santorini. But how many realise that its stunning scenery was birthed by one of the largest and most destructive volcanic eruptions in history? This eruption left a geological caldera surrounded by huge amounts of volcanic ash. In this album, Open University geologists Richard Thorpe and Steve Blake take us on a geological tour of the island. They piece together the likely sequence of events of the eruption which destroyed an ancient civilisation. This material forms part of the course: S339 Understanding the continents.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 45 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 13th April 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Geology
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Track 1: Island Arc Magmatism: Santorini

A short introduction to this album.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Island Arc Magmatism: Santorini    A short introduction to this album. Play now Island Arc Magmatism: Santorini
2 Welcome to Santorini    The beautiful Greek Island of Santorini, the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions known to humanity. Dr Steve Blake looks at the structures of the island's volcanic rocks. Play now Welcome to Santorini
3 Santorini's Volcanic History    Steve Blake pieces together the volcanic history on the island by closely examining two different kinds of rock. Play now Santorini's Volcanic History
4 Volcanic Succesions in Santorini    Dr Richard Thorpe visits Oia on the North island of Santorini to look at Red Scoria, lava and Stratified pumice. Where Santorini sits geographically and how it originally became a caldera. Play now Volcanic Succesions in Santorini
5 Santorini: The Eastern Cliff    Richard Thorpe visits the Eastern cliff of the Caldera underneath the island's modern capital, Fira. He focusses on ancient 'deposits' in the succesions of the Scaros cliff, as well as flow-banding and tension gashes. Play now Santorini: The Eastern Cliff
6 The Minoan Eruption    Richard Thorpe and Steve Blake take a look at the remains of a Minoan fishing village, buried under pumice. How the myth of Atlantis is romantically linked to the island of Santorini Play now The Minoan Eruption
7 Santorini: The Western Island    Investigating the fourth minoan layer through the main cliffs of Fira. Explaining the 'air fall deposit'. Play now Santorini: The Western Island
8 Patterns in volcanic eruptions    Richard Thorpe and Steve Blake travel to the Kameni Islands to look at craters from volcanic eruptions. How a lack of pattern makes predictions impossible. . Play now Patterns in volcanic eruptions
9 The Crystal Fractionation experiment    Simulating a magma chamber in a laboratory to show how the process of Crystal Fractionation works. Play now The Crystal Fractionation experiment

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