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Canava

Greek name (also Kanava = cellar) for the caves, as they were created in large quantities on the Aegean island group Santorini in the rather soft volcanic rock (pumice tuff). There they are used as storage rooms and also as wine cellars. The island was created 1.500 B.C. from a huge volcanic explosion. The foamy solidified rock from silicic acid and gas-rich lava is found in various forms as loose pumice sand and pumice gravel, as well as solidified pumice tuff. The more chambered and bubble-rich tuff the soil has, the better the water storage capacity and the growing conditions for the vines.

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