Palaeogeographic Evolution of the Cyclades Islands (Greece) During the Holocene

  • K. Gaki-PapanastassiouEmail author
  • N. Evelpidou
  • H. Maroukian
  • A. Vassilopoulos
Part of the Coastal Systems and Continental Margins book series (CSCM, volume 13)


The Cycladic islands are located in the central Aegean Sea (Greece) forming a partly submerged plateau separated into two parts: the eastern shallower one (Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros) which formed one big island (6.978 km2) at the end of the last glacial period; the western islands (Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos) which remained separated during the same period. The eastern islands constitute an erosional plateau which is the end product of a Neogene palaeosurface that was partially submerged due to thinning of the crust during the Quaternary. The presence of numerous Neolithic sites both on land and submerged indicates the existence of an advanced civilization in the area for thousands of years. The location of the lost Atlantis could be found in this area probably between Naxos, Paros and Antiparos.


Digital Elevation Model Fault Tectonism Information Layer Neolithic Settlement Anatolia Block 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Gaki-Papanastassiou
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. Evelpidou
    • 2
  • H. Maroukian
    • 1
  • A. Vassilopoulos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Climatology, Faculty of Geology and GeoenvironmentUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Remote Sensing Laboratory, Geology DepartmentUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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