Photographer's Note

Up on a wall fence and with my half body in the foreign property,i 'have stolen' this scene,with the fascinating view of Caldera,with the lucky vacationers as swimming in the pool,seeing straight ahead Akrotiri and from the right the two new islets,Kamenes,as creating from the Volcano activities years ago.

This shot is dedicated to my friend Nobu-nobuikehonda

Santorini,Geologic setting

The Cyclades are part of a metamorphic complex area known as the Cycladic Massif, which formed during the Miocene and were folded and metamorphosed during the Alpine Orogeny around 60 million years ago. Thera itself is built upon a small, non-volcanic basement that represents the former non-volcanic island which was approximately 9 by 6 km (5.6 by 3.7 mi) in size. The basement rock consists primarily of metamorphosed limestone and schist dating from the Alpine Orogeny. These non-volcanic rocks are exposed at the Profitis Ilias Mountains, Mesa Vouno, the Gavrillos ridge, Pyrgos, Monolithos, and the inner side of the caldera wall between Cape Plaka and Athinios.

The metamorphic grade consists of a blueschist facies resulting from tectonic deformation by the subduction of the African Plate beneath the Eurasian Plate between the Oligocene and the Miocene and represents the southernmost extent of the Cycladic blueschist belt.

Volcanism on Santorini is due to the Hellenic Trench subduction zone to the south-west of Crete. The oceanic crust of the northern margin of the African Plate is being subducted under Greece and the Aegean Sea, which consists of thinned continental crust, leading to the formation of the Hellenic arc, which includes Santorini along with other volcanic centres such as Methana, Milos and Kos.

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