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Looking for the lost glaciers of Parnassos: what do their traces tell us about the old climate of Europe?

On Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 June we invite you to participate in an exciting scientific / mountaineering search in the mountains of the mythical Mount Parnassos. We decided to share this exciting quest with all of you, the people of the mountains, science or just people of the next door. In this way you will contribute to this wonderful but arduous process of mapping, recording and collecting samples while at the same time

you will gain a unique experience of participating in a scientific mission for field research.

The geological record contains a wealth of data on climate change, providing data for understanding past climate change, such as the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere or the ocean temperature, on a much larger scale than direct measurements by various instruments. In other words, nature itself can tell us its story. As long as we know how to read it. At the same time, reading this story and trying to understand the mechanisms behind it, we hope to predict the earth's climate evolution in the context of the rapid climate change of our time: the Anthropocene.

Our research focuses on the recording and decoding of the geomorphological remains of glaciers that during the Pleistocene (approximately the last 2.6 million years) sculpted the mountain range of Parnassos, leaving indelible traces in their passage. Our goal is the detailed recording, and mapping of these glacial geomorphs as well as the collection of rock samples for their dating with advanced laboratory methods. Correlating the spatial and temporal spread of glaciers on Mount Parnassos with other mountains in Greece, the Balkans and the wider Mediterranean, we aspire to contribute to the huge interdisciplinary effort to understand the various climatic factors that have shaped and will continue to shape the earth, life, and us.

We decided to share this exciting quest with all of you, the people of the mountains, science or just people of the next door. In this way you will contribute to this wonderful but arduous process of mapping, recording and collecting samples while at the same time you will gain a unique experience of participating in a scientific mission for field research. Far from logics of exploitation, volunteering, and other practices, we go to the mountains with a pure and warm heart, with a disposition to expand our horizons and adventure. The number of participants is limited for practical reasons.
The scientific coordination and the lectures in the field will be carried out by Aris Leontaritis * and Kosmas Pavlopoulos **. NomadsPath with qualified mountain leaders will provide support on the field as well as a vehicle for transferring the equipment (tents, bags, tools etc)

Before the tour, a lecture will take place in Athens, on the subject of the research as well as information will be give about the coordination for practical details of the tour.