Blue Volcanoes - NISYROS
|Blue Volcanoes: NISYROS
Author: George E. Vougioukalakis
Published by: Nisyros Regional Council 1998
ISBN no: 960-86215-1-8
Review by Ed Prothero
Although this book is primarily a description of the geological make-up
of Nisyros, it is not written purely for scientists, and makes interesting
reading for anybody visiting the island. It is worth the purchase price
(2,200 drx) for the photographs alone, which depict the island's natural
After the prologue is the introduction, which describes the island in
just enough detail not to be tedious, with all the important facts and
figures about Nisyros and its flora and fauna today. The book then goes
on to describe how volcanoes are formed, and Nisyros in particular. There
are diagrams, maps and pictures to explain all this to the non-scientist,
and I found these very useful.
The Greek myth describing the creation of the island begins the chapter
that chronicles the various volcanic eruptions that formed the island
as we know it, and the creation of the many different types of rock found
in Nisyros explained. I found this all fascinating and very educational
- for example, previously I had no idea that there were different types
of volcanic eruptions.
The book quotes from historical accounts of the more recent eruptions,
and again I found these extremely interesting, although I cannot see the
point in printing them in their original language (e.g. French, Latin)
as well as in the language of the reader.
There is also a description of the formation of Yiali, and then a description
of the rocks of Nisyros, which is probably of greater interest to people
with more knowledge of geology than myself, but still very readable.
The book finishes by reporting on the current state of the volcano and
then finishes with some suggested walks, which I am very keen to try.
Inside the rear cover of the book is a fold-out geological map of the
island, which shows the huge diversity of rock formations on Nisyros.
Apart from one or two typographical errors (most notably an unfortunately
obscene one on page 39) this is an excellently produced work. It was the
idea of John Kulakis, President of the Nisyros Regional Council, who was
also responsible for co-ordinating the project. He is to be congratulated.
The book is available in Greek, English and German and can be bought at
many of the shops on the island.