Santorini before and after explosion of 1470 BC

Santorini before and after explosion of 1470 BC

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: Artwork of Santorini before and after the volcanic explosion of 1470 BC
This image is part of the feature Volcanos By Hardy

Credit: DAVID HARDY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration showing the possible shape of Santorini before and after the eruption of 1470BC. Santorini is an island in the Aegean Sea, about 100 km north of Crete. Positioned near a destructive plate margin, the island probably looked like the frame at left, with a central large volcano. This volcano suffered a catastrophic caldera collapse in 1470 BC, similar to but much larger than the explosion of Krakatau in Indonesia in 1883. All that is left today is a small ring of islands. It is possible that a Minoan city state on the island, destroyed in the eruption, was the basis for the legend of Atlantis.

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Keywords: artwork, geology, island, santorini, volcano

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