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If it were a fairytale, we would be saying that once upon a time, around 25 to 20 million years ago, the movement of the tectonic plates and the subsequent volcanic activity hurled volcanic lava, pyroclastic materials and volcanic ash that covered the rich subtropical vegetation of Limnos.

Simultaneously with the volcanic activity, hot solutions rich in dissolved silicon dioxide were formed and off it begun an intensive hydrothermal circulation. These entered and penetrated throughout the volcanic rocks, where there were trunks of trees, and the process of fossilization begun, meaning the molecule by molecule replacement of their organic matter with inorganic materials of their environment. And voila', the petrified forest of Limnos!

The most majestic appearance of the plant remains and trunks is found at the areas of Romanou, Varous, Kotsina and Portianos, whilst others have also been located near the communities of Kontias and Thanos. The research of the University of Athens certified the great scientific value of the petrified forest of the island.

To date, you have the chance to peek at the fossils and learn about their history through a visit at the City Hall of Moudros, where important findings are displayed from the new excavations of the team of University of Athens.

Also, if you find yourselves near Varos, it's worth visiting the petrified trunk, at the western entrance of the village, that came to the surface and is protected through a fence. A short stone path leads to this geological monument of nature.

 

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