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What to Do with Tens of Thousands of Discarded Life Vests Piling Up in the Greek Isles?

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Screenshot from the BBC’s video clip taken from Lesbos.

An estimated three-quarters of a million migrants have made the shores of Europe this year alone, mostly in the Greek Islands bordering Turkey. As a result, “tens of thousands” of lifejackets, the BBC reports lie along the shores of islands including Lesbos, where fishermen now say the waters are so clogged that they can’t even manage to fish.

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Screenshot from the BBC’s video clip taken from Lesbos.

Unfortunately, these mountains of nylon, plastic and foam are presenting a far greater, long-term dilemma. Some are calling them an “ecological timebomb”, but, according to the BBC, authorities say they don’t have the capacity to “dispose” of the safety vests.

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Drops of Breath: Dancers Learn to Scuba Dive for Underwater Show off Greece

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The dancers/divers spent two years preparing for the project. Screenshot taken from Drops of Breath/Mashable’s video (below).

Last week off Cape Sounion, Greece, 14 dancers, many of whom disabled, donned scuba tanks and took to the seafloor to perform for 40 spectators (all of whom, in order to purchase tickets, were required to be certified divers).

“Suddenly, I am on the sea bed, in the water, the floor disappears, and as a result my body is much more free down there, and I am doing things that I could not even imagine” – Irini Kourouvani, performer.

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Wish You Were Here: Mt. Olympus, the Residence of Gods

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Photo by Alexis Bezeos on flickr.

Alexis took this photo of Mt. Olympus from the Port of Thessaloniki (Greece’s second largest city) in a quite rare and clear showing of the mountain from the city. Shooting from over 50 miles away on a blustery day allowed for sharp details of the mountain’s cliffs and faces and the ocean’s white caps.

Wish You Were Here: Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach, Greece

The only way to access Navagio Beach is by boat, but that’s okay, because it’s usually pretty crowded anyway.

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Journey of Odysseus: Retracing the Odyssey Through the Ancient Mediterranean…On a Pleasure Cruise

Homer completed the Odyssey over 3,000 years ago, but Odysseus’ journey in the Odyssey, and the Iliad, still inflict a sense of adventure upon the world over.

The famous Explorer’s Club just finished retracing Odysseus’ steps by boat in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey with a ten-day cruise through Turkey, Greece and Italy. Unlike other flag-carrying expeditions the EC is involved with, it wasn’t an expedition for science–it was a pleasure cruise.

Dedicated to advancement of field research since 1904, the Explorer’s Club’s members include the first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean and first to the surface of the moon.

The cruise was lead by the president of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, C. Brian Rose.

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The Corinth Canal, 7th Century B.C. to Present

Here, a tugboat brings a merchant ship through the Corinth Canal in Greece, which has narrowly connected the Saronic Gulf with the Aegean Sea for over 100 years.  Throughout history, canals have been some of the most important technological accomplishments of mankind.  Although treacherous and dangerous, the Corinth Canal saves incomprehensible amounts of time, travel, energy and money.

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