In the spring of 2010, a group of Washington and Lee students and faculty traveled to Greece to study the geology of the eastern Mediterranean, with a particular emphasis on the regional tectonics. Positioned near the boundary between the African and European, the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea display a remarkable breadth of geology. Over two and a half weeks, students explored a range of tectonic features, from the accretionary wedge exposed in Crete, the active volcano in Santorini, and metamorphic core complexes in Naxos and Tinos. Studied topics included high-pressure metamorphism, deformation mechanisms, geomorphology of actively uplifted landscapes, paleomagnetic rotations, and the formation of tectonic mélanges. In addition to the fantastic geology, the group also enjoyed the local culture, visiting the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos, hiking the scenic Samaria Gorge, and exploring the historic Acropolis in Athens.
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