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Millions of years ago, Syros, along with all the other islands of
this group, formed part of the sea bed. A series of mighty earthquakes lifted
the rocks above the sea-level. In the course of countless millenniums, the island
progressively took on its actual shape.
Today, it has a mountainous structure, especially in its northern
part (Pano Meria), with Pirgos (442 m) as its highest peak. Here, the hills slope
down abruptly, particularly towards the eastern side of the island, where erosion
has gouged out medium to large sized holes on the slopes and in the gorges.
The edge to the right of one of such gorges constitutes a natural
border between the northern and southern part of the island, leading down to the
bay of Kini and its shallow, sandy beach.
On the opposite side of Pano Meria, the largest part of northern Syros
presents wide and relatively fertile large valleys such as Vari,
The rocky layers that prevail on the island consist of marble and
slate, in great diversity. They are the source of important historical information.
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.
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