Loutra Methana (Attica)

Volcano: Methana (see Methana at the Smithsonian Institution website in a new tab)
Type: Spring
Description: Group of thermal springs on the south-eastern coast of the peninsula close to the southern entrance of the village of Methana. The thermal baths are composed of two buildings one older (beginning of the XX cent.) in neoclassic style and a modern building. The main spring issues from a small cave in the limestones right behind the new building. There is always a strong smell of H2S but no bubbling is visible in the outflowing waters. Nevertheless, at the entrance of the cave in the atmosphere at the water CO2 concentrations of about 60% have often been measured. Along the coast about 50 m south of the old building thermal emissions in the sea are made visible by flocculating sulfur. Due to the turbidity of the water it was not possible to ascertain about the presence of bubbling gases.


Point of contact for this site:
Walter D'Alessandro, walter.dalessandro@ingv.it (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia)
Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, ckiriako@geol.uoa.gr (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

No measurements available for this site.



Bibliographic references for this site

D’Alessandro W., Brusca L., Kyriakopoulos K., Michas G., Papadakis G., 2008,Methana, the westernmost active volcanic system of the south Aegean arc (Greece): insight from fluids geochemistry, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, vol.178, pp. 818-828, DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.09.014


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