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Pilot Konstantinos "Kostas" Katsaros shakes hands with co-PI Rich Camilli upon completion of the first Thetis dive during Project PHAEDRA 2006. (Image courtesy of Project PHAEDRA 2006, WHOI, HCMR, Thira Foundation, NOAA.)

Project PHAEDRA 2006

Autonomous Rapid High Resolution Mapping of Ancient Deep Water Shipwrecks and Geologic Features

 The Hellenic Center for Marine Research

From June 25 to July 4, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Hellenic Center for Marine Research – led team of engineers, geologists, geochemists, archaeologists, and historians worked together on the Greek research vessel Aegaeo to explore deep sites within Greek national waters. Named for a Greek mythological character, Project PHAEDRA 2006 was the second season of a multi-year Greek-American ocean research partnership. This year the PHAEDRA team used a combination of deep submergence technologies with integrated technological systems to collect data to answer questions fundamental to both social science and earth science. PHAEDRA’s geological / oceanographic objectives were to investigate the characteristics and geochemistry of active hydrothermal venting sites in the volcanic field of Milos island and in the caldera of Santorini. Together with the volcanic fields of Nisyros, Aegina, the Methana peninsula, and other minor volcanic centers, Columbo, Santorini and Milos are part of the concave Hellenic Volcanic Arc in the southern Aegean Sea. This arc parallels the active front of the Hellenic Orogenic Arc in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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