Geotraveller 36 – Milos, Greece

Geology and mining history of Milos Island, Greece: bimodal volcanism and mineral resources.

Milos is part of the Cycladic archipelago, Greece, a group of approximately 30 islands located in the Aegean Sea to the south of the mainland. The Cyclades appeared to the ancient Greeks as a wheel, or cycle, that encloses the sacred island of Delos. Milos, together with Santorini (Thira) are dominated by Neogene volcanic rocks. The older settlements on Milos, such as Plaka are situated on volcanic plateaus located above the potential impact of tsunamis. A tectonic map illustrates the position of Milos and Santorini relative to the Hellenic Volcanic Arc.