Worldwide environmental impacts from the eruption of Thera

  title={Worldwide environmental impacts from the eruption of Thera},
  author={Philip E. Lamoreaux},
  journal={Environmental Geology},
  • P. Lamoreaux
  • Published 1 October 1995
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Geology
The eruptions of Thera (Santorini) between 1628 and 1450 BC constituted a natural catastrophe unparalleled in all of history. The last major eruption in 1450 BC destroyed the entire Minoan Fleet at Crete at a time when the Minoans dominated the Mediterranean world. In addition, there had to be massive loss of life from ejecta gases, volcanic ash, bombs, and flows. The collapse of a majestic mountain into a caldera 15 km in diameter caused a giant ocean wave, a tsunami, that at its source was… 

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