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Natural Beauty Geology

Milos is almost entirely a volcanic island, belonging to a major volcanic alignment called the “Aegean Volcanic Arc”, which was formed by the submergence of the African plate beneath the Aegean region.

The volcanic activity began around 3 million years ago and ended about 50.000 years ago. After the emergence of the island in the Aegean, water, sun, wind and Man, went to work creating landscapes of incredible beauty.

On the surface the two large, extinguished volcanoes remind me of the island’s troubled past. One is the volcano of Firiplaka, with its magnificent crater with a diameter of 1700 meters and a height of 220 meters, and the other the volcano of Trachila, only a small part of which remains in the North – North-West part of the island.

Glaronisia or Seagull-islands, two small islands created by basalt hexagonal rods projecting from the sea, complement the rich geological palette. I can admire this geological phenomenon only by boat, or by participating in a marine excursion.

The mine of Agkiria is very much worth visiting. Apart from its impressive size, the interchanging flow of colors hidden beneath the earth is incredible. Furthermore, when passing through the Natura area I can come close to the closed manganese mines in Vani, and must not miss the sulfur mines at Theiorychia (Paliorema). Time appears to have come to a standstill around the moment when the mineral-processing factory shut down. During the day I get the chance to enjoy the beach, which is colored by the mineral rock formations, and find out at night, if the mysterious legends of the locals come to life.

Numerous caves, both terrestrial and submarine, are in turn part of the island’s history and natural beauty. In the marine cave of Papafrangas I will observe a one of a kind geological phenomenon. At Sikia, an old pirate lair that can only be approached by sea (with my own vessel or on a tour), I will be able for a moment to feel the security that the buccaneers of yesteryear would seek.

Each tip and point of Milos is a stroke on the fantastic canvas of nature, which brings forward feelings of admiration and awe.

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