Introduction

Turkey is a country rich in volcanic phenomena spread over wide areas. Whereas the volcanic arch of the Eolian islands is caused by subduction of the African below the Thyrrenean plate, in Turkey, the Arabian subducts below the Anatolian plate. As a result, a thousand-km long chain of andesitic volcanoes is strung through Anatolia plateau. In some places erosion has modelled volcanic deposits into phantastic sceneries.

Turkey also had the rare luck to be crossed by the center line of two total solar eclipses within seven years only, thus providing the unique opportunity to observe rare astronomical phenomena from spectacular volcanic landscapes. Please select pages from the menu on the left.