Advanced Field Study in Greece
Crete, Santorini, Naxos, Syros and Athens
Prof. Jeffrey Rahl
Positioned on the boundary between the African and European tectonic plates, the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea display a remarkable breadth of geology. In this course, students will explore the diverse geology of Greece with a particular emphasis on the regional tectonics. Long-lived subduction of the downgoing African Plate has created features typical of convergent margins, including a large accretionary wedge and an active volcanic arc. Regional stretching of the overriding plate will allow students to explore features common in extensional terrains, such as the metamorphic core complexes exposed in Naxos and other islands of the Cyclades. Additional topics will include high-pressure metamorphism, deformation mechanisms, geomorphology of actively uplifted landscapes, paleomagnetic rotations, and tectonic mélanges. Approximately one week will be spent exploring the geology of Crete, followed by multi-day trips to the islands of Santorini, Naxos, and Syros, and finishing in Athens. As a complement to the geological focus, students will also include tours of the ancient sites of Knossos, Akrotiri, and the Acropolis.