Lesvos; Petrified Forest

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2013-05-14; visiting the Petrified forest

On the western coast of Lesvos, the volcanic rocks meet the azure blue of the Aegean Sea, where the lapping of waves has slowly revealed the petrified remains of plant life belonging to the distant past. Let us take this opportunity to familiarise ourselves with another lost Atlantis that submerged in the ensuing "sea" of fire during volcanic eruptions in the Northern Aegean 20 millions years ago. The most noteworthy concentrations of petrified trunks which constitute the renowned "Petrified Forest" are located in the regions of Sigri, Antissa and Eresos covering an area of over 15,000 hectares. Apart from petrified trunks, perfectly preserved petrified roots, fruit, leaves and seeds may be encountered.

The large number of standing petrified trunks with their root system being intact and fully developed, provides proof that these trees were petrified in their original position. Hence, this is an autochthonous petrified forest. The Petrified Forest of Lesvos gives us considerable information regarding the composition and character of the paleoflora and climatic conditions of the distant past. Thus, this monument constitutes a natural document that has recorded the geological history of the Aegean basin of the last 20 million years.

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  • Uploaded on July 16, 2013
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    by bdeh
    • Taken on 2013/05/14 13:44:32
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