Η Κρήτη ψηλώνει και ταξιδεύει – Crete becomes «taller» and travels

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Η Κρήτη ψηλώνει και μετακινήται προς την Αφρική. Δείτε τα αποσπάσματα από το τοπικό παγκρήτιο κανάλι.
Μέρος Ι

Μέρος ΙΙ

…….. English version ……..

Crete was formed by the movements of the earth’s tectonic plates. Simply put, many millions of years ago a huge area of ocean opened up between the Eurasian and African plates. Crete, with most of Greece, was intermittently submerged under the sea. This land mass finally rose again as the two plates moved toward each other, producing the Hellenic Island Arc, of which Crete is part.

The shifting of tectonic plates has created faults and gorges and caused the elevation, subsidence and collapse of land. Further tectonic up thrust, earthquakes, weather and erosion have all continued to shape the structure of the island as we see it today.

tectonic plates

As the African plate goes under the Eurasian, Crete gains height. It is not yet estimated how much our land becomes taller. At the same time it is estimated that Crete along with Aegean Sea islands and Peloponnese move towards Africa. It is calculated that we reach Africa 4 cm / 1.58 inch each year.

tectonic plates

Here you see in black the position of the islands 13 million years ago. Preset position is in yellow and the orange color marks the expected position in 3 million years.

If you want to see the landscape of Crete please see the following 2 videos, on top of the people talking you can see a video with flora and fauna of the Cretan mountains.

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