Skip to comments.Explorer Ballard heads exploration of undersea volcano
Posted on 05/19/2006 12:42:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
University of Rhode Island professor Robert Ballard... was slated to... meet up with the crew of the... 185-foot-long research vessel Endeavor... Ballard, notably known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, will be heading up a team of scientists from URI's Graduate School of Oceanography, the Institute for Exploration, and the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Athens. Scientific operations for the expedition began on Apr. 26 and will continue through June 18... The first leg of the expedition will be to the Greek island of Thera, also known as Santorini, to study the sea floor and, for the first time ever, explore a giant underwater crater (known as a caldera) that was caused by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption thousands of years ago... Using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) equipped with a high-definition color video camera, temperature sensors, and mechanical arms, the researchers will be able to explore the various layers of volcanic deposits... Immersion Presents, an after-school program founded by Ballard in 2002, will broadcast four live shows a day from the volcano's research and exploration site to audiences at participating aquariums, schools, universities, science centers and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The second leg of the voyage will be focused on the northern part of the Black Sea, in two areas south of the Crimean Peninsula. The Greek colony of Chersonesos was founded here around the 5th century and was inhabited up through the Middle Ages... The third part of the expedition will be in the international waters of the Sea of Crete, in the southern Aegean... The effort will attempt to establish protocols for deep water archaeological surveys as well as mapping the seafloor and marking shipwrecks.
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Don't tell me he's going to try and bring back artifacts...?
Santorini/Thera may have been the factual basis for the Atlantis legend, and was the probable cause [Tsunami] of the end of the Mnoan culture, and dominance, of the eastern Med.
Actually, the caldera of Thera (nice rhyme) is prehistoric; the bay opens toward the Greek mainland, and no signs of any tsunami have ever been found there (or for that matter, on Crete); eventually, the Mycenaean Greeks took over Minoan areas and trade routes; ashfall from Thera has been found in Crete, but only on the eastern end of that island, and the maximum depth of the ash is 5 millimeters; and perhaps most importantly, the Minoans didn't curl up and die for at least 80 years after the supposed disaster (or nearly 200 years, if one wishes to believe in the 17th c BC date for the eruption being pushed nowadays). The only historical account of an eruption is Strabo's, and that eruption took place about 200 BC.
I want some. I think I'll email him. ;')
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SCIENTISTS REVISIT AN AEGEAN ERUPTION FAR WORSE THAN KRAKATOA
The New York Times | 21 October 2003 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
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New Ice-Core Evidence Challenges the 1620s age for the Santorini (Minoan) Eruption
Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 25, Issue 3, March 1998, Pages 279-289 | 13 July 1997 | Gregory A. Zielinski, Mark S. Germani
Posted on 07/29/2004 3:25:45 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
The Linear B Tablets and Mycenaean Social, Political, and Economic Organization
Lesson 25, The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean | Revised: Friday, March 18, 2000 | Trustees of Dartmouth College
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The Phaistos Disk
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