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
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?
Continue reading Basement Rocks at the Ceiling: The Story of Mesa Vouno
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.
A display of art, of McDonald’s logo and a portrait of somebody symbolic(?)
This roughly translates to “Reply to KINEZOΠOIHΣH”. It must be someone symbolic.
A Soviet Hammer and sickle is crossed out in front of the University of Athens. Communism is not welcomed here.
I had this partially translated to me by a lady nice enough to take her time. It says something about fire in the cells, riots and revolution are the way to freedom. The anarchy A is seen at the end. A prime example of the Greek’s internal struggles of economy and government.
Sentiments against the police here are derogatory it seems. Is police brutality a problem here? “To serve and protect” has a critical context to it.
A display of art. These mushrooms must have taken hours to finish.
This centuries old church has escaped any graffiti, but it is lined with plenty on its wall boundaries.
The anarchy A appears yet again. The ideology apparently is alive here.
All in all, the Greeks make the most of their lives and seem to generally be happy. This message exemplifies that. “Anyone can dig a hole. It takes a man to make it home.”
A message on the problems going on- They are too much for some.
I’m not sure what this means, but it was tagged in more places than just this. Perhaps it is a specific trademark by one artist.
Feminism, like in the USA, is an idea being taken up by many
The artist seemed to think many are blind to the things this country needs.
Fascism, an ideology I thought was dead, seems to be alive here. It has connotations to Nazism in this piece.
An interesting piece of an octopus. It is on a main street in Athens and took a while to make. Do police not roam the streets at night?
The economic crisis led to the assets of Greece being sold off to different companies. The Greeks struggled very much to get by. This message says a lot about that.
Greece is a very religious country, but some have lost their faith.