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~ Nea Kameni ~

~ by katherine & anastasios ~

Nea Kameni is a small uninhabited Greek island of volcanic origin located in the Aegean sea within the flooded caldera of Santorini .
Nea Kameni and the neighbouring small island Palea Kameni ( the new and old burnt islands ) have formed over the past two millennia by repeated eruptions of dacite lava and ash .
Major eruptions over the past 300 years took place in 1707-1712 , 1866-1870 , 1925-1928 , and 1939-1941 .
The last small eruption happened in 1950 and involved lava dome extrusion .
Nea Kameni is nearly round and has a diameter of approximately 2 km and an area of 3.4 km .
Nea Kameni is monitored closely by scientists from the institute for the study and monitoring of the Santorini volcano ( ISMOSAV ) and is a protected scientific site .
The island has many active sulfur vents , as well as a carpet of red grassy succulents on the thin soil in the summertime .
The nearly barren island is visited daily by dozens of tourist boats throughout the summer .
Visitors climb a gravel path to reach the top of the 130 m high volcanic crater , where it is possible to complete a full circuit of the rim .
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