All posts by Allaire Conte

The Character of the Caldera

Greek literature is full of heroes: Achilles, Odysseus, and Zorba, just to name a few. I must admit that I initially signed up for NAU in Greece not for the opportunity to study geology, but for the chance to see and live in the land that these heroes call home. More than anything though, I came for the stories I would one day tell; I promised myself to find my muse, seize every adventure, and write every bit of it down in my travel journal. After three weeks here though, the pages of my travel journal are sparse, and instead my geological field notebook lays filled to the brim with discoveries.

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An English Major’s Guide to Stratigraphic Columns

I’m at the base of the Fira Quarry, staring up at 20+ meters of pumice and ash from the Minoan eruption. All I see is the grey and tan hue of the outcrop towering over me. It is a sight to behold, but it means nothing to me. I don’t see patterns, or clues, or any indication of how the rocks got there. I may be staring, but I’m certainly not seeing anything.
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In the Shadow of the Caldera, On the Brink of Subduction

As all great adventures do, ours began with a quest: to study the geology of Santorini. But before our studies could begin, we had to reach our destination. After three long flights, only a ferry ride stood between us and the island that would become our classroom, our playground, and our home for three weeks.

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