The Formation of Santorini [VIDEO]

santoriniThanks to technology we are able to witness how the beautiful Greek island of Santorini was formed over thousands of years.

An amazing video, entitled “Santorini through the Ages” was recently uploaded on Vimeo, showing the different forming changes that the Cyclades island went through. Four volcanic eruptions and various earthquakes were responsible for Santorini’s variety of changes until it reached its final form that we all know and love.

The video was uploaded by Nikos Koralakis and it is based on scientific research by institutions such as Cambridge University.

Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. It is the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera.

The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, the Minoan eruption, which occurred around 3600 years ago. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of meters deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, through a gigantic tsunami.