Nea Kameni

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Nea Kameni
Nea Kameni.jpg
Nea Kameni seen from Thera, Santorini
Elevation 114 m (374 ft)
Location
Location Santorini, Greece
Coordinates 36°24′N 25°24′E / 36.400°N 25.400°E / 36.400; 25.400Coordinates: 36°24′N 25°24′E / 36.400°N 25.400°E / 36.400; 25.400
Geology
Type Lava dome[1]
Volcanic arc/belt South Aegean Volcanic Arc
Last eruption 1950

Nea Kameni is a small uninhabited Greek island of volcanic origin located in the Aegean Sea within the flooded Santorini caldera. Nea Kameni and the neighbouring small island Palea, or Palia, Kameni (the new and old burnt islands) have formed over the past two millennia by repeated eruptions of dacite lava and ash. The Roman historian Cassius Dio records in the year 47 CE "This year a small islet, hitherto unknown, made an appearance close to the island of Thera."[2] Major eruptions over the past 300 years took place in 1707–1712, 1866–1870, 1925–1928, and 1939-1941. The last small eruption happened in 1950 and involved lava dome extrusion.[3]

Nea Kameni is nearly round and has a diameter of approximately 2 kilometers and an area of 3.4 km2. Nea Kameni is monitored closely by scientists from the Institute for the Study and Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano (ISMOSAV)[4] and is a protected scientific site. The island has many active sulfur vents, as well as a carpet of red grassy succulents on the thin soil in the summertime.

The nearly barren island is visited daily by dozens of tourist boats throughout the summer. Visitors climb a gravel path to reach the top of the 130-meter-high volcanic crater, where it is possible to complete a full circuit of the rim.

The Santorini caldera, with Nea Kameni in the center
The volcanic crater of Nea Kameni
Boats moored to large boulders of lava

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Global Volcanism Program | Santorini | Synonyms and Subfeatures". Volcano.si.edu. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ Dio's Roman History, Epitome of Book LXI.7.
  3. ^ "Global Volcanism Program | Santorini | Eruptive History". Volcano.si.edu. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ Institute for the Study and Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano Retrieved 2009-05-17

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