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Moving Megatons: The Excavational Eruptions of Calderas

I’ve just learned the full story of the Minoan eruption. In my mind, I’m imagining 60 cubic kilometers of earth. This is about the size of a block of the Los Angeles basin, by volume; a massive amount of land. I can see all this land being ejected by the volcano miles into the sky, over a span of 24 hours. Such is the case of Santorini’s last caldera forming eruption.  Continue reading Moving Megatons: The Excavational Eruptions of Calderas

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Basement Rocks at the Ceiling: The Story of Mesa Vouno

I’m standing at the bottom of a 369 meter tall mountain, ready to walk up a 30% gradient trail (That’s approximately 1,210 feet for all you non-metric people). The trailhead (Figure A) looks inviting yet slightly menacing. The sun is beating down on me and its a long walk up. Mesa Vouno rises up like a god amongst kings in this island paradise. How did a (nonvolcanic) mountain end up as a part of this caldera island?

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The Graffiti of Greece: A Story of Social Outlet and Unrest

Graffiti is found nearly everywhere in this country. From the upscale neighborhoods to the chaotic downtown, it dots the cityscape with messages about the great social unrest that turmoils this country. Amidst the mayhem, creativity and artistry also flourishes. Read through and experience what it may be like to face the problems of this fascinating place. No matter where I go in this beautiful country, the people of Greece will have something to spray paint on their walls.