Have you ever watched the movie 300 or heard of the Spartans making a stand against the Persian Empire? It's an amazing story right...but it has some amazing geology behind it too.
Geology has influenced historical events in momentous ways, and here on PlanetGeo we are going to start highlighting these ways. This incredible story of the Hot Gates is just the first part of that series.
In this episode we are going to cover
So, here’s the backstory. The Persian Empire was massive and was interested in invading Greece. There were several major battles here but we are focusing on one in particular where 300 spartan warriors stood their ground against at least 50,000 persians and maybe many more (history is foggy here).
They were able to fend off so many adversaries by using the local geology to their advantage, they took a stand in the Hot Gates, which were a series of three narrow passes between a cliff face and the Aegean Sea. This is a really interesting part of geoscience in that much of history is shaped by geoscience.
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