The unique “White Beach” of Santorini 

Undoubtedly the specificity of the geomorphology of Santorini is what makes the island so special. The volcano has formed the island over the centuries and has now transformed it into an open geological book with impressive geological formations.

For example, the White Beach in Akrotiri, for which santorini.net asked the prominent volcanologist and ISMOSAV (Institute for the Study and Monitoring and the Santorini Volcano) President, George Vougioukalakis to explain how it got its white color.

“In the abrupt slopes of the coasts, we find lava and ash of the older volcanoes of Santorini (aged> 600,000 years), white in color due to the hydrothermal alteration they have suffered. There are overlaying layers of gray ash from the great explosions of the last 200,000 years of the volcano of Santorini”, commented Mr. Vougioukalakis. 

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