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: Σαντορίνη, pronounced [sandoˈrini]
), classically Thera
), and officially Thira
: Θήρα [ˈθira]
), is an island in the southern Aegean Sea
, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece
's mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago
which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera
. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades
group of islands, with an area of approximately 73 km2 (28 sq mi) and a 2011 census population of 15,550. The municipality of Santorini includes the inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia
and the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni
, Palaia Kameni
, and Christiana. The total land area is 90.623 km2 (34.990 sq mi).
Santorini is part of the Thira regional unit
Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high, steep cliffs on three sides. The main island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia
; the lagoon is connected to the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The depth of the caldera, at 400m, makes it impossible for any but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay; there is also a fisherman's harbour at Vlychada, on the southwestern coast. The island's principal port is Athinios. The capital, Fira
, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. The volcanic rocks present from the prior eruptions feature olivine
, and have a small presence of hornblende
The model is created at a scale of 1:92,000 with 3x vertical exaggeration. It features a built-in base, so it sits perfectly on a desk or in a frame.
Model Data Sources: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)