Volcano of Methana

September 11, 2013

Methana picture 1 (4)

Photographer: Stavros Hios; Stavros' Web site
Summary Author: Stavros Hios

Volcanic activity in the Methana region of Greece was first recorded between 276 and 239 BC, as described in the texts of ancient historians such as Strabo and Ovid. Thus far, more than 30 volcanic craters have been found in Methana -- a peninsula to the southwest of Athens created by lava flows from earlier eruptions. The largest of these craters, located near the present day village of Kameni Chora, has a diameter of more than 300 ft (100 m) and is approximately 150 ft (40-50 m) deep. From the top of this lava-crusted mount visitors are treated to panoramic views of the Saronic Gulf as shown above. Methana is part of the South Aegean Volcanic Arc that connects the Sousaki, Aegina and Poros volcanoes as well as more than a dozen others. Photo taken on August 26, 2012.

Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D7000; Lens: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length: 18mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm); Focus Distance: 4.22m; Aperture: f/11.0; Exposure Time: 0.0020 s (1/500); ISO equiv: 400; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows.