Skip to comments.Will Ancient Akrotiri Face Another Massive Eruption?
Posted on 09/21/2012 5:50:59 AM PDT by Renfield
The ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri was destroyed by a massive eruption over 3,000 years ago. Will it happen again soon to the excavated remains and the modern town? Scientists uncover some possible signs.....
Now, a new survey suggests that a chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini's volcano has expanded 10-20 million cubic metres up to 15 times the size of London's Olympic Stadium between January 2011 and April 2012.
The growth of this 'balloon' of magma has seen the surface of the island rise 8-14 centimetres during this period, a team led by Oxford University scientists has found. The results come from an expedition, funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council, which used satellite radar images and Global Positioning System receivers (GPS) that can detect movements of the Earth's surface of just a few millimetres.....
(Excerpt) Read more at popular-archaeology.com ...
Michelle Parks gets ready to make some GPS measurements on Santorini. This survey suggests that the chamber of molten rock beneath Santorinis volcano expanded 10-20 million cubic meters up to 15 times the size of Londons Olympic Stadium between January 2011 and April 2012. The growth of this balloon of magma has seen the surface of the island rise eight-14 centimeters during this period. Photo credit: Becca Neely
Great! I’ll be waiting on the edge of my seat for that report. :<)
The presence of cleavage in addition to aforementioned uplift suggests active volcanism.
Some have posited the theory that the last eruption brought about the plagues of Egypt detailed in the Book of Exodus.
Anyway I don't think there were enough frogs on Thera to cause the plague of frogs in Egypt.
>> “Anyway I don’t think there were enough frogs on Thera to cause the plague of frogs in Egypt.” <<
Thanks, you saved me a lengthy post to say about the same thing!
Amazing how people will strain their larnyx to diminish God’s perfect word.
By the way, for an excellent examination of the time of the Exodus, I suggest Tempest and Exodus by Ralph Ellis.
...a new survey suggests that a chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini's volcano has expanded 10-20 million cubic metres -- up to 15 times the size of London's Olympic Stadium -- between January 2011 and April 2012. The growth of this 'balloon' of magma has seen the surface of the island rise 8-14 centimetres...Looks like a two-list ping.
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The ice core ash in Greenland doesn’t match Thera, it’s probably from Arctic North America.
Wow, have fun!
I’d like to discuss this with Michelle Parks .
Thanks for the heads-up. I had heard about the ash from Thera being found on Greenland from some Aegean Bronze Age specialists and wasn’t aware of the more recent work rejecting that—I found something from 2003 by Douglas J. Keenan (published by the American Geophysical Union). He sounds like he knows what he’s talking about (I need to find an English translation—it’s in Geologese)...but I’m suspicious of anything put out by a union.
The sad fact is, there never was any real work linking the eruption traces in the ice cores to Thera — the Thera supereruption advocates saddle onto pretty much anything right away, without study. A pumice artifact — pumice carved into a serving tray, so that the food could float next to the pharaoh — from New Kingdom Egypt was claimed to be from Thera. When finally someone studied it, it turned out (if memory serves) to be from the Kos volcano (last erupted 10s or 100s of 1000s of years ago).
Even though the artifact had been saddled on for years, suddenly it wasn’t of any importance, kinda like watching stuff get thrown down the memory hole in Orwell. And logically, even if it had been from Thera (and it wasn’t), the dig site in Egypt has also turned up Aegean-style wall paintings, meaning that the pumice item could have been picked up in trade.
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