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Milos Rocks!

Martin Longstaff

Martin Longstaff

I'm a transplanted Scot with a love of mountains and wild places. These days I live in the States, but I have been fortunate to work and photograph in many places around the globe. Luckily, I still have family ties back to the Highlands where I grew up. That means I get to visit those wonderful hills at least once a year.



Since times long before Ancient Greece, Milos has been an important centre of mining. Volcanic by birth, the small, crescent-shaped island was a source of Obsidian 15,000 years ago. Since then Baryte, Sulphur, Millstone and Gypsum have all been extracted from its rich earth. These days open-pit mines remove Bentonite, Perlite, Pozzolana and small quantities of Kaolin. No wonder then, that island is ringed with dramatic coves and landscapes of colourful, surreal rock formations.

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