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~ Caldera ~

~ by katherine & anastasios ~

The word Caldera is derived from the Spanish word Cauldron which literally means depression created by volcanic eruption which extends for atleast a distance of one mile .
3.500 years back Santorini witnessed an awesome volcanic explosion which occurred in the Aegean sea and as a result created a huge caldera . The Santorini caldera is approximately 4 miles in diameter .
The Santorini caldera undoubtedly is one of the natural wonders on planet earth . The volcanic explosion that occurred here more than 3500 years ago forever changed the topography of the Mediterranean coast .
A growing number of scientists and archaeologists link the Santorini caldera to the myth of Atlantis . The Santorini caldera is actually a basin , which scientists and archaeologists link the Santorini caldera to the myth of Atlantis . The Santorini caldera is actually a basin , which extends for miles together and the landscape is conspicuous by steep rocky cliffs that towers above , almost touching the sky at more than a thousand feet from the sea level and even extends underneath the sea for an additional thousand feet , thereby creating a perfect harbor .
To the northernmost part of the Caldera is the picture perfect town of Oia . This town is much preferred by the tourists and is always buzzing with activity with plenty of bars , restaurants and hotels that are ideally positioned on rocky promontories that provides the discerning international tourist with fabulous panoramic views of the Santorini Caldera . Oia can be reached by a road that meanders along the rather steepcliffs located to the eastern periphery of Santorini . At certain points this road is so narrow that is looks more like a ridge that can barely accommodate two lanes with no railing for protection . No wonder than that the trip to Oia is not for the faint hearted .
There is also the capital city of Fira which is ideally located to the eastern elevation of the Caldera . The town of Fira is well spread over several high...


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