Places of Interest nearby
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Did you know that Hippocratis wrote about the hot springs of Milos in his book “On Epidemics”. Atheneans with dermatological problems went to the spas on Milos, in search of a cure. You find plenty of hot prings in Milos: at sea level in Adamas for example, where public baths have been built, at Alikes, Kanava, Paliochori, Mandrakia, Provata,...
The island is famous for quite a few things: the statue of Aphrodite, now in the Louvre, the trade of the obsidian from Milos as early as 13000 years ago, the great sunset over the Bay of Milos, the carved beaches in volcanic rocks,...
Milos shows many indications of being a volcanic island. One of the volcanic characteristics is the geysers, mostly in the east and south-east, where gases, mostly carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and steam, issue through apertures in the rocks, often causing yellow colouration, the well-known sulphur smell and elevated surface temperature eg. Ag. Kyriaki 102o C, Pyromenes 100o, Paliochori 101o C, Vounalia 54o C, Kastanas 86o C, Adamas 100o C. At points where this occurs under the sea, bubbles of gas are visible on the surface and again the same characteristic smell and elevated temperature. Examples may be seen at Ag. Kyriaki, Paliochori, Kanava and Rivari.
Did you know that Milos is slowly sliding down into the sea towards the south. This is related to lithospheric plate movements. The African Plate is gradually moving under the Eurasiatic Plate here at a speed of 2.5 cm. per year and at an angle of 35 degrees to the horizontal.
The regular passage of pirates on Milos of whatever origin, had another consequence: quarantines were clearly not obeyed and epidemics would ravage the island. Thus, the plague descended on Milos in 1687, 1688 and 1689, each time for more than three months. The epidemic of 1689 claimed 700 lives out of a total population of 4,000. The plague returned in 1704, accompanied by anthrax, and killed nearly all the island’s children.
A great site for more info about Milos is http://www.milos-island.gr/
Milos is extensively mined. Due to the high surface temperatures rich mineral deposits were created.