Distribution and type of volcanic vents on Milos. Simplified from Fytikas and others (1986).


Milos is a Pliocene to Holocene stratovolcano with no historic eruptions. Effusive rocks (domes and lava flows) make up most of the island. Solfataras and fumeroles, some with temperatures up to 100 degrees C, are active on the island. There are sulfur mines on the southeast coast.


Chemical composition of rhyolite lava from Milos (from Georgalas, 1962):
SiO2    TiO2    Al2O3   FeO     MnO     MgO     CaO     Na2O    K2O     P2O5
75.6    0.42    12.81   1.78    -       0.12    1.68    3.30    3.32    -
- = not measured.
FeO = FeO total.

Milos has the potential to produce geothermal energy but the residents have voted against development.


Sources of Information:

Fytikas, M., Innocenti, F., Kolios, N., Manetti, P., Mazzuoli, R., Poli, G., Rita, F., and Villari, L., 1986, Volcanology and petrology of volcanic products from the island of Milos and neighbouring islets: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 28, p. 297-317.

Georgalas, G.C., 1962, Catalogue of the active volcanoes of the world including solfatara fields; Part XII Greece: International Association of Volcanology, Rome, Italy, 40 p.

Simkin, T., and Siebert, L., 1994, Volcanoes of the World: Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona, 349 p.

Latitude (DD): 
Longitude (dd): 
Elevation (m):