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Will Ancient Akrotiri Face Another Massive Eruption?
Popular Archaeology ^ | September 2012

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 ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: akrotiri; aniakchak; calliste; catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; santorini; volcanism

1 posted on 09/21/2012 5:51:07 AM PDT by Renfield
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Michelle Parks gets ready to make some GPS measurements on Santorini. This survey suggests that the chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini’s volcano expanded 10-20 million cubic meters – 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 eight-14 centimeters during this period. Photo credit: Becca Neely

2 posted on 09/21/2012 5:52:40 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Catastrophism ping


3 posted on 09/21/2012 5:53:12 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield
I'll be in Santorini next week. I'll write a full report if the island blows up... :)
4 posted on 09/21/2012 6:10:29 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Renfield

Nice....boats.


5 posted on 09/21/2012 7:21:38 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Great! I’ll be waiting on the edge of my seat for that report. :<)


6 posted on 09/21/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: BenLurkin

The presence of cleavage in addition to aforementioned uplift suggests active volcanism.


7 posted on 09/21/2012 8:31:08 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Renfield

Some have posited the theory that the last eruption brought about the plagues of Egypt detailed in the Book of Exodus.


8 posted on 09/21/2012 8:35:06 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Current thinking puts the massive ancient eruption about 1628 B.C. (based on study of an ice core from Greenland--some of the ash from Thera landed on Greenland). That is much too early for the time of Moses.

Anyway I don't think there were enough frogs on Thera to cause the plague of frogs in Egypt.

9 posted on 09/21/2012 8:44:16 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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>> “Anyway I don’t think there were enough frogs on Thera to cause the plague of frogs in Egypt.” <<

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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.


10 posted on 09/21/2012 8:57:19 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Verginius Rufus
The "academically accepted" pharaonic chronology is incorrect, according to a number of investigations into the subject that I've read. 1628 BC might indeed be the time of Moses.

By the way, for an excellent examination of the time of the Exodus, I suggest Tempest and Exodus by Ralph Ellis.

http://www.amazon.com/Tempest-Exodus-Ralph-Ellis/dp/0932813984

11 posted on 09/21/2012 9:42:21 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks Renfield.
...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.


12 posted on 09/21/2012 6:07:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Thanks Renfield.
...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...
There was no Theran super-eruption in the 2nd millennium BC, the caldera is prehistoric, and the open side of it points toward the Greek mainland, which would have rec'd the bulk of the tsunami. Bupkis.
[snip] Even when, during the respective Thera Conferences, individual scientists had pointed out that the magnitude and significance of the Thera eruption must be estimated as less than previously thought, the conferences acted to strengthen the original hypothesis. The individual experts believed that the arguments advanced by their colleagues were sound, and that the facts of a natural catastrophe were not in doubt... All three factors reflect a fantasy world rather than cool detachment, which is why it so difficult to refute the theory with rational arguments. [/snip] -- Eberhard Zangger, "The Future of the Past: Archaeology in the 21st Century", pp 49-50.
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


13 posted on 09/21/2012 6:08:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Verginius Rufus; Joe 6-pack; Renfield

The ice core ash in Greenland doesn’t match Thera, it’s probably from Arctic North America.


14 posted on 09/21/2012 6:10:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Wow, have fun!


15 posted on 09/21/2012 6:10:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’d like to discuss this with Michelle Parks .


16 posted on 09/21/2012 6:15:12 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


17 posted on 09/21/2012 6:39:29 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Renfield
Santorini Eruption Much larger Than Originally Believed
18 posted on 09/21/2012 9:48:25 PM PDT by blam
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To: Renfield
Santorini Eruption Much larger Than Originally Believed
19 posted on 09/21/2012 9:48:34 PM PDT by blam
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Married, or maybe just engaged.
Michelle Parks

20 posted on 09/22/2012 5:16:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Verginius Rufus

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.


21 posted on 09/22/2012 5:30:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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22 posted on 09/22/2012 5:49:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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