Santorini Island, Greece, spring 2019: Caldera hike

On our second excursion during the geologic walking tour, we visit the most interesting sites along the southern caldera, an abandoned pumice quarry, as well as the excavated Minoan town near Akrotiri. The images here show the first part of a tour as on 30 April.
We start at the caldera above Athinios. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
We start at the caldera above Athinios. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A perfect place to admire the beauty of the caldera and get an overview of the structure of the island group. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A perfect place to admire the beauty of the caldera and get an overview of the structure of the isla... [info]
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A trail passes vineyards and villas on the caldera rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A trail passes vineyards and villas on the caldera rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A small chapel at the caldera rim near Megalochori. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small chapel at the caldera rim near Megalochori. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of the Plaka bay and the caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the Plaka bay and the caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Walking along the caldera trail. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Walking along the caldera trail. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View down to the Plaka bay where the non-volcanic schists crop out. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View down to the Plaka bay where the non-volcanic schists crop out. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small houses in the Plaka bay (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small houses in the Plaka bay (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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On the caldera rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On the caldera rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Descending on an old path cut through the pumice. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Descending on an old path cut through the pumice. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A chapel built into the cliff (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A chapel built into the cliff (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Greek flag (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Greek flag (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Old bronze bells (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Old bronze bells (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Flowers and the Plaka bay (1) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Flowers and the Plaka bay (1) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Flowers and the Plaka bay (2) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Flowers and the Plaka bay (2) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Part of the Minoan pumice deposit (ash flow unit) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Part of the Minoan pumice deposit (ash flow unit) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Yellow-white daisies (chrysanthemum coronarium) and pink sea rocket (cakile maritima ssp. aegyptiaca) abund on Santorini. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Yellow-white daisies (chrysanthemum coronarium) and pink sea rocket (cakile maritima ssp. aegyptiaca... [info]
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Another chapel above the Thermia bay (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Another chapel above the Thermia bay (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Continuing along the caldera... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Continuing along the caldera... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View down to the blue sea (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View down to the blue sea (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Part of the abandoned pumice quarry near Megalochori (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Part of the abandoned pumice quarry near Megalochori (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Chapel (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Chapel (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Blue and white (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Blue and white (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Detail (1) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Detail (1) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Detail (2) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Detail (2) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Daisies and ... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Daisies and ... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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... the wall of the Minoan pumice deposit, about 20 m high in this part. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
... the wall of the Minoan pumice deposit, about 20 m high in this part. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Thierry walking towards the base of the pumice wall. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Thierry walking towards the base of the pumice wall. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Examining the pre-Minoan soil, phase 0 and phase 2 eruption deposits from close. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Examining the pre-Minoan soil, phase 0 and phase 2 eruption deposits from close. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffe... [info]
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A horse is happy to meet us passing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A horse is happy to meet us passing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Walking through one of the pumice canyons towards the southern coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Walking through one of the pumice canyons towards the southern coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The Cape Riva ignimbrite (21 years old) forms a platform underneath the Minoan pumice in the southern plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The Cape Riva ignimbrite (21 years old) forms a platform underneath the Minoan pumice in the souther... [info]
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Minoan cistern / well (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Minoan cistern / well (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Present-day beach on the south coast near the prehistoric settlement. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Present-day beach on the south coast near the prehistoric settlement. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View towards the impressive pumice cliff on the south coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards the impressive pumice cliff on the south coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Back to the hotel, time to have a short rest and then visit the excavations with an archeological guide. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Back to the hotel, time to have a short rest and then visit the excavations with an archeological gu... [info]
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