Nissyros (Nysiros) Volcano Photo Gallery

While staying on the Greek island of Kos (also an ancient volcano) in 1996 I made a one day trip to Nissyros (also spelled Nysiros ) volcano. This 6 km diameter volcanic island is part of the Dodecanese Islands. Apart from the villages of Nikia, Pali and Mandraki most interesting feature is the 4 km wide caldera. The caldera was formed after the magma chamber imploded. Violent earthquakes and steam blasts accompanied the most recent hydrothermal eruptions in 1887. Inside this caldera a 250m wide circular depression can be found. This pit can be entered but you need good shoes and lots of water. The ground is a blistering 50C, there is no wind and it smells sulphurous. What an experience!
 

Caldera wall
Nissyros Volcano, Greece 1996


 

Walking down the pit I
Nissyros Volcano, Greece 1996


 

Walking down the pit II
Nissyros Volcano, Greece 1996



Smell the sulphur
Nissyros Volcano, Greece 1996


 

Boiling water on hot surface
Nissyros Volcano, Greece 1996


 

Sulphur crystals
Nissyros Volcano, Greece 1996


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