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December 12, 2011 Leave a comment
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Sarakiniko Beach on the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea


In July 2010, Geeked on Goddard marked the 10th anniversary of the Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD), a social media site founded at Goddard Space Flight Center.

EPOD is still going strong. Here is today’s Earth Science Picture of the Day,  Sarakiniko Beach on the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea.

Photographer: Attila Csernatoni
Summary Author: Attila Csernatoni

The photo above features Sarakiniko Beach on the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea. It’s one of the most bizarre beaches of the Cyclades island group. Milos is volcanic in origin. Volcanic activity in the southern Aegean area began some 2-3 million years ago — Milos was active until approximately 90,000 years ago. Two extinct volcanoes are found on the island, one near Firiplaka on the south coast, and one near Trachylas in the northwest. Obsidian that resulted from rhyolitic volcanism has been exploited here since Neolithic age (70,000 years ago). Sarakiniko Beach was partially formed from numerous episodes of fossil layering — of both sea and land organisms. The contrasting fossil layers, the wind and wave sculpted volcanic rock forms and the absence of vegetation gives the beach the look of a lunar landscape. Photo taken on June 18, 2011.



About EPOD
The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) was started at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2000 by scientist James Foster of Goddard’s Hydrological Sciences Laboratory and is a collaboration with Universities Space Research Association (USRA). USRA’s Stacy Bowles handles the technical aspects of the site with help from Erin Carver. Stu Witmer does the editing and runs the EPOD Facebook page.

Since its launch in September 2000, the Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) website has provided a forum for professional photographers, educators, scientists, students and the general public to share images that highlight Earth Science processes and phenomena. To date, there are well over 3000 user-submitted images and educational summaries representing the full spectrum of Earth Science.

Each year EPOD receives more than twice as many submissions as can be published. Submissions are reviewed for scientific accuracy, topic relevance, and aesthetic appeal before publication. Further, EPOD receives more 2 million visits (worldwide) resulting in over 4 million page views each year. Web analytics also reveal that in addition to a loyal U.S. and Canadian audience, EPOD reaches viewers in 205 other countries and territories.

Visit the EPOD website if you would like to contribute your Earth photography to the project.

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