Pre-symposium field-trips

FT1 - Fan deltas in Northern Peloponnesus (September 1st-2nd)

Guided by/organizer: Prof. Avraam Zelilidis

The Corinth graben is a late Pliocene WNW-trending continental rift zone formed in response to back-arc extension behind the Hellenic trench. It is separated into two WNW-trending rifted segments. The southern segment, which occupies the coastal areas of the northern Peloponnesus, has been elevated about 1000 m above the present sea-level. In this uplifted segment, exposed sediments consist of late Pliocene to early Pleistocene fluvial and lacustrine–lagoonal deposits up to 600 m thick; these are unconformably overlain by up to 500 m of alluvial-fan and fan-delta deposits and marine terraces up to 30 m thick. During this field-trip we will study fan-delta sedimentary processes and architecture from the Egio and Evrostina sub-basins.

Field-trip fee: 130€ (includes a field guide, accommodation for 1 night in a single room with breakfast and bus transportation).

FT2 - Aegina: Geocultural itinerary (September 2nd)

Guided by/organizers: Assoc. Prof. Efterpi Koskeridou, Prof. Michael Stamatakis

Aegina is a small island situated in Saronic Gulf just 27km away from Athens. It is a very popular touristic destination and famous for its cultural heritage. This field-trip aims to travel the participants through the geological and cultural history of the island as the itinerary includes Souvala quarries (Upper Messinian brackish sediments), Mesagros-Alones (clay/diatomite, porcelanite alternations), the temple of Afaia Athena, Byzantine Palaiohóra with the volcanic rocks above, etc.

Field-trip fee: 60€ (includes a field guide, ticket to the temple of Athena Aphaia, ferry boat Piraeus - Aegina – Piraeus and bus transportation).

FT3 - Tectonics and Sedimentation at the central and eastern Gulf of Corinth Rift (September 2nd)

Guided by/organizer: Dr. Haralambos Kranis

The Corinth Rift, one of Europe’s most seismically active areas, is the result of active extension, which was initiated ca 5 Ma. Initial Pliocene basinal deposition (preserved onshore) was continental, varying from alluvial fans in the west to lakes in the east ("Lower Group"). Increased subsidence rates, depocenter deepening and linkage followed, with large marginal fan deltas (locally >800m thickness) now uplifted and exposed onshore ("Middle Group"). At ca 0.6 Ma, fault activity stepped northward and the rift narrowed, establishing the modern rift asymmetry with southern boundary N-dipping faults dominating subsidence and with fan deltas developing along the southern Gulf margin. The active rift is a ca 100 x 30-40 km band experiencing intense N-S extension; the entire rift is approx. 70-80 km wide. Current extension rates reach 10-16 mm/yr, some of the highest in the world.

This field-trip includes Canal Crossing (boarding on a ship at the eastern end of the canal, disembarkation at its western end, Posidonia). Furthermore, several stops in the broader area will offer spectacular panoramic view and the opportunity to get familiar with the tectonics and sedimentation of the Rift, e.g. a stop at the Canal Central Horst, the road that winds up from Kamari to Mt Koutsa takes us through the Xylokastro fault block.

Field-trip fee: 80€ (includes a field guide, canal crossing by ship and bus transportation).

Post-symposium field-trips

FT4 - Three days in Mesohellenic basin (September 7th -9th)

Guided by/organizer: Prof. Avraam Zelilidis

The Mesohellenic basin is a thrust top basin located at the contact between the Apulian Platform to the west and the Pelagonian Microplate to the east. The basement of the basin consists of ophiolitic rocks which correspond to the upper (oceanic) unit which was emplaced over the leading edge of the Apulian Platform during compression.

During this field trip we will observe a complete sequence from early Oligocene to early Miocene submarine fans with inner and outer fans.

During the first day we will visit the margins of the basin (inner fan deposits with slump channels and interchannel deposits, outer fan lobes, characteristic Bouma intervals), late Eocene deltaic deposits, early to late Oligocene sediment outcrops with submarine fans and shelf deposits of upper Oligocene.

During the second day, we will see the contact between ophiolitic complex basements with early Oligocene submarine fans, channels of late Oligocene submarine fans over early Oligocene interchannel deposits and Pliocene deltaic deposits.

Finally, in the third day, we will observe the canyons in the northern end of a shelf environment and the transition to the submarine fans.

Field-trip fee: 220€ (includes a field guide, accommodation for 2 nights in a single room with breakfast and bus transportation).

FT5 - Milos: geological, archaeological and mineralogical heritage (September 7th -9th)

Guided by/organizer: Prof. Michael Stamatakis

Milos Island belongs to Cyclades island complex and it is located at the northern part of the Aegean Sea. The intense geological processes that formed the island created spectacular sceneries and established Milos one of the most important areas of mining activity since antiquity. Main goal of this field trip is to study on site the geological history of the island and grope its unique archaeological and mineralogical heritage.

This three day excursion includes, among others, stops at Sarakiniko Bay where we will have the opportunity to study diatomite/pumice tuff/ marly limestones on the shore, the huge bentonite quarries close to Aggeria, the archaeological findings in trenches in Koufi area, Provatas beach where Upper Miocene sedimetary rocks are exposed, Xylokeratia TITAN quarry (alternation of Plio-Pleistocene diatomite and pumice tuff, intense faulting, volcanic lava intrusions). Furthermore we will visit the ancient Theater of Milos, the catacombs, the archaeological museum and the mining museum.

Field-trip fee: 400€ (includes a field guide, accommodation for 2 nights in a single room with breakfast, ship Piraeus – Milos - Piraeus and bus transportation).

FT6 - Messinian evaporites of Zakynthos Island (Ionian Sea, Eastern Mediterranean) (September 7th -8th)

Guided by/organizer: Prof. Vassilios Karakitsios

Zakynthos Island is located at the Ionian Sea (western Greece). We will cover by bus the distance to Killini port and then we will travel by ferry to Zakynthos. Main goal of this field trip is to study the evaporitic sequences of the island that formed during the Messinian. Therefore, our area of interest is focused on the broader area of Lagana beach, including Kalamaki section where Pliocene sediments (Trubi formation) overlain an excellent Messinian evaporitic sequence and Keri lake.

Field-trip fee: 175€ (includes a field guide, accommodation for 1 night in a single room with breakfast, ferry tickets and bus transportation).

FT7 - Visit to the classical Late Miocene locality of Pikermi (September 7th)

Guided by/organizers: Emer. Prof. George Theodorou, Assist. Prof. Sokratis Roussiakis

The fossiliferous locality of Pikermi (Attica, Greece) is one of the oldest known and most famous Eurasian localities. The richness of the fossils discovered has marked out Pikermi as a reference locality for the European continental Upper Miocene. The first fossils in Pikermi were discovered in 1836. Subsequently, several excavations were carried out. In 2008 the University of Athens started new research in Pikermi which resulted in the discovery of the new site "Pikermi Valley-I" (PVl). This locality is about 500 m east-southeast of the classical Pikermi site and the fossils occur at the bottom of the ravine of the Megalo Rema stream.

In the framework of this excursion we will visit the site “Chomateri” where Prof. Symeonides excavated and the new "Pikermi Valley-I" (PVl) site. The itinerary of this field-trip includes a visit at the paleontological exhibition in Pikermi village which opened in 2010.

  Field-trip fee: 30€ (includes a field guide and bus transportation).

FT8 - Visit to the Late Miocene palaeontological excavation in Kerassia (Evia, Greece) (September 8th)

Guided by/organizers: Assist. Prof. Sokratis Roussiakis, Emer. Prof. George Theodorou

The fossiliferous locality of Kerassia is located at the northern part of Evia Island. We will visit the excavation area and the local paleontological exhibition at the village where significant findings, that have been unearthed since 1992, are presented.

Field-trip fee: 40€ (includes a field guide and bus transportation).


FT1 - Northern Peloponnesus 130
FT2 - Aegina 60
FT3 - Gulf of Corinth Rift 80
FT4 – Mesohellenic basin 220
FT5 – Milos 400
FT6 – Zakynthos 175
FT7 – Pikermi 30
FT8 – Kerassia 40

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