4 weeks ago
Geology of Greece Part 2.: Corinth Canal 🇬🇷 I always wondered the beautiful layers of the Corinth Canal and was curious about how it formed, so there is a little story about the geology of the canal.
A series of faulted Pliocene-Pleistocene marls, limestones, conglomerates and sandstones is beautifully exposed in the sides of the canal. These rocks were formed when the southern part of the Gulf of Corinth graben was below sea level. They were uplifted relatively recently.
The oldest rocks are best exposed at the middle of the canal. They are series of pale marls, brown sandstones and conglomerates from late Pliocene. These rocks were uplifted, eroded and returned below sea level for the deposition of the next series. These are conglomerates, sandstones, limestones and marls.
The limestones make good building materials and were used in the construction of ancient Corinth.
Finally, this whole package was raised above sea level along a series of east/west faults. These normal faults can be seen every few hundred metres along the canal (you can also see them on the photos). If you are in Greece and love geology, you should visit the Corinth Canal and check these series of rocks. 🤗
I hope you enjoyed that little story. In my next post we will still stay in Greece, and I will write about the geology of Meteoras, and Mount Olympus. Don't miss it. 😊🌍⚒ #geology #geological #geologicalwonders #structuralgeology #naturalhistory
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