Travel with a Geologist: Hephaestus' Realm, Poseidon's Trench, and Apollo's Temple
the earth’s crust and mantle at depths between 7,000 and 12,000 feet. In the ’90s, de Boer returned to Greece and became interested in the geologic setting of the famous Delphi Oracle. Plutarch’s accounts of its inner workings mentioned that the Pythias inhaled pneuma in advance of their oracular sessions, and de Boer, with a team of researchers, discovered that the substance was most probably a mixture of the light hydrocarbon gases ethylene and ethane that rose with spring water into the adyton.
Jelle de Boer
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Lately, he has focused on the role geologic phenomena played in Greek mythology, specifically at the Oracle site at Delphi and Apollo temples in southern Anatolia. He has published Volcanoes in Human History and Earthquakes in Human History (both with Donald Sanders ’52). His most recent books, Stories in Stone and New Haven’s Sentinels, explore the influence geology has had on Connecticut’s history.