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Bored with the Greek islands yet? A correction

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

So I made a stupid inattentive mistake yesterday:

If this calculator’s reliable then using ancient shipping technology your rough limit for seeing stuff in the water from the masthead – like sea serpents or sandspits or those tell-tale rocks that mark a reef – would be about 6 miles, ie one small hex on the map. But the Greek islands stick up out of the water significantly – the highest point on Santorini is 1850 feet, so assuming perfectly clear air (which it isn’t) you could see it from your mast-head up to about 50 miles away. The highest point on Crete is over 8000 feet so there’s a band of potentially unknown water maybe 60 miles wide in theory you could see that over 100 miles away, and you should never be out of sight of at least one of them. Likewise in theory you could see Crete from the highest point on Santorini and vice versa (yeah, that’s a bad oversight on my part) but my sense is that the haze prevents this.

So I got height data for a few of the more prominent islands and adjusted the  map to show which islands should be visible from where (again, quick and dirty – I should’ve got multiple high points for Crete):

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…and it turns out that the only islands that might be secret from the others – that you wouldn’t find just by waiting for a clear day on the mountaintops of other islands – are Kythera and Antikythera. Which is kinda cool, because that’s where the secret ultratech lab is located. Telecanter – can you do anything with this?

And just for fun, here’s roughly what the gods might be able to see from Mount Olympus – hubristic unbelievers and boatsful beauties beware the mainland (although the Peloponnese should be OK)!

Bonus for reading down to here: what exploration looks like – “sea-caves” off Lake Superior. Who wants to be first off the rowing boat and into those dark declivities? Or maybe some cave diving to see the riches under the waterline?

  1. September 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Out of interest, did you make these maps yourself? They’re really nice. I’m a piss-poor mapper in general, so I’m always jealous of this kind of thing.

  2. September 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    HOW would anyone ever get BORED of Greek islands?

  3. September 11, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Wait, there’s no barbarians!? Forget it then. 🙂

  1. April 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

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