The mofetta at Thiafi-Bay

  • The Thiafi bay
    The mofetta at Thiafi bay - a sign of active volcanism!

    In the rocks at the Thiafi bay there are strong gas exhausts of sulfur.

The mofetta at Thiafi bay

Sulfur at the rocks at Thiafi bay. (c) Tobias Schorr
Sulfur at the rocks at Thiafi bay. (c) Tobias Schorr

In Thiafi Bay, large amounts of carbon dioxide and sulfur gas escape from rocks and cracks. The sulfur and various mineral salts are deposited on the rocks. Medicinal salts crystallize in a cave on the eastern edge of the bay. The most carbon dioxide gas escapes there. There is an acute risk of suffocation! Gases of up to 37 degrees Celsius also rise in the sea. Everything is on the fault zone that cuts Methana  through and on which the spas are located in the main town of Methana. In Roman times there was also a spa and some archaeologists believe that it  the Pausanias bath was here and not in Kato Mouska at the Agios Nikolaos settlement.

Photos from the Thiafi bay

The Moffetta- a danger to humans and animals!

Warm carbon dioxide and sulfur gas flow out of the mofette. It is a temptation for animals who want to warm up on it. Since the carbon dioxide is heavier than air, all animals that are close to the ground will suffocate. (c) Alexandra Triantafyllou Februa
Warm carbon dioxide and sulfur gas flow out of the mofette. It is a temptation for animals who want to warm up on it. Since the carbon dioxide is heavier than air, all animals that are close to the ground will suffocate. (c) Alexandra Triantafyllou February
A fox that suffocated in the mofette. (c) Alexandra Triantafyllou
A fox that suffocated in the mofette. (c) Alexandra Triantafyllou
Tobias Schorr brings the dead fox out of the mofette so that it does not become a temptation for asivores. (c) Alexandra Triantafyllou
Tobias Schorr brings the dead fox out of the mofette so that it does not become a temptation for asivores. (c) Alexandra Triantafyllou