Tafoni and Alveole Formation. An Example from Naxos and Tinos Islands

  • Niki EvelpidouEmail author
  • Dimitra Leonidopoulou
  • Andreas Vassilopoulos


Weathering formations resembling small caves, known by the name of Tafoni, are a characteristic, but not exclusive, feature of the Mediterranean area. Examples of such geomorphological formations have been recorded in Sardinia and Corsica (Klaer, 1956; Frenzel, 1965), in Tuscany (Martini, 1978), in S. Spain (Mellor et al., 1997) and in the Aegean Sea area (Greece) (Riedl, 1991; Hejl, 2005).


Microclimatic Condition Chemical Weathering Mechanical Weathering Prehistoric Settlement Aeolian Erosion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niki Evelpidou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dimitra Leonidopoulou
    • 2
  • Andreas Vassilopoulos
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Geology and Geornvironment, Section of Geography and ClimatologyNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, Depatment of Geography and ClimatologyNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Geoenvironmental InstituteAthensGreece

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