Geotraveller 28 – Geology of Site of Antiquity in Greece

Geology of sites of antiquity in Greece: Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia, and Thermopylae. Many famous sites of antiquity in mainland Greece occur in areas where active geological processes are reshaping the landscape. A key component is tectonic activity associated with the eastern Mediterranean, a complex region of microplates sandwiched between the …

Geotraveller 27 – Rift Valley Lakes

Finger lakes of the Gregory Rift Valley: oases in arid areas of Southern Kenya / Northern Tanzania. The finger-lakes of the Gregory Rift Valley in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania are mostly shallow and occur in small basins with limited catchment. Typically, evaporation exceeds inflow resulting in high levels of …

Geotraveller 26 – Aberdare and Mount Kenya

Volcanic terranes adjacent to the Gregory Rift, Kenya. The Aberdare Range and Mount Kenya are located within the Central Highlands, Kenya, and include well known national parks visited by hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Aberdare is an extensive, faulted volcanic terrane derived from numerous fissures and small cones. Mount Kenya …

Geotraveller 25 – Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro: Volcanism and Ice. The spectacular massif of Kilimanjaro occurs 80 km to the east of the Gregory Rift Valley in a faulted terrane characterized by Neogene volcanism. One of the world’s largest free-standing mountains, Kilimanjaro crops out over an area measuring 80 km by 48 km and towers some …

Geotraveller 24 – Troy & Ephesus, Turkey

Geology of some historical sites in Western Turkey: changeable landscapes and tectonic activity. Western Turkey, including the part that was included in the ancient Greek state of Thrace has a long history of civilization. Present day landscapes at classical sites may differ from historical descriptions due to sedimentation patterns and …

Geotraveller 23 – Pamukkale & Hieropolis, Turkey

Pamukkale & Hierapolis, Turkey: spectacular travertine terraces and an ancient city. The snow white deposits of travertine that cap a plateau that towers above the village of Pamukkale are one of the most well known tourist attractions in south-western Turkey. Together with an ancient city, which was built on the …

Geotraveller 22 – Longonot & Hells Gates, Kenya

Longonot and Hell’s Gate, Kenya: Active Volcanism in the Rift Valley. The Mount Longonot and Hell’s Gate localities are located in the Rift Valley of southern Kenya. This, the eastern branch or Gregory Rift hosts numerous volcanic cones in a harsh, relatively dry and hot area of scrub-covered plains. In …

Geotraveller 21 – Tsavo & Amboseli, Kenya

Tsavo, Chyulu Hills and Amboseli, Kenya: ancient landscapes and young volcanism. The Tsavo, Chyulu Hills and Amboseli areas of south-eastern Kenya cover vast areas of mostly dry, scrub-covered plateaus and open plains that have remained largely unaffected by human impact. Despite being located some 150 km to the east of …

Geotraveller 20 – The Jurassic Coast, UK

The Jurassic Coast, Southern England: Classic coastal scenery and fossil beds. The Jurassic Coast in southern England reveals superb coastal scenery and spectacular fossils. A renewed interest in palaeontology, in part inspired by the film Jurassic Park, resulted in the area being proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 2001. This …