Caldera of Nisyros

April 24, 2018

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Photographer: Chris Kotsiopoulos
Summary Author: Chris Kotsiopoulos 

The panorama above shows the Stefanos sink in the caldera of Nisyros, a volcanic island in the eastern Aegean Sea. The 1.9 mi to 2.5 mi wide (3-4 km) caldera resides near the center of Nisyros and is thought to have formed between 24,000 and 44,000 years ago. Because hydrogen sulfide smoke is constantly emitted from fumaroles in and around the crater, a strong odor is created over the entire alien-like landscape. The volcano is considered active but has not erupted in 130 years. Photo taken on June 9, 2013.