Earth-prints repository, logo   DSpace

About DSpace Software
|earth-prints home page | roma library | bologna library | catania library | milano library | napoli library | palermo library
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

Authors: Kamenetsky, V. S.*
Pompilio, M.*
Métrich, N.*
Sobolev, A. V.*
Kuzmin, D. V.*
Thomas, R.*
Title: Arrival of extremely volatile-rich high-Mg magmas changes explosivity of Mount Etna
Title of journal: Geology
Series/Report no.: 3 / 35 (2007)
Publisher: Geological Society of America
Issue Date: Mar-2007
DOI: 10.1130/G23163A.1
Keywords: Mount Etna
melt inclusions
Abstract: The volcanic hazard potential of Mount Etna volcano is currently nourished by long-lasting, powerful eruptions of basaltic magmas coupled with increased seismicity and ground deformation, and the world's largest discharge of volcanic gases. The current evolutionary cycle of Mount Etna activity is consistent with subduction-related chemical modifications of the mantle source. Arrival of a new mantle-derived magma batch beneath the volcano has been hypothesized, but is still elusive among the erupted products. Here we demonstrate petrological and geochemical affinities between the magmas supplying modern eruptions and high-Mg, fall-stratified (FS) basalts ejected violently 4 k.y. ago. The FS primitive magmas (13 wt% MgO) are characteristically volatile enriched (at least 3.8 wt% H2O and 3300 ppm CO2), and bear a trace element signature of a garnet-bearing, metasomatized source (high Gd/Yb, K/La, U/Nb, Pb/Ce, Ca/Al). They started crystallizing olivine (Fo91), clinopyroxene (Mg# 92.5), and Cr spinel deep in the plumbing system (>5 kbar), contributing to the cumulate piles at depth and to differentiated alkaline basalt and trachybasalt magmas in the shallow conduit. Continuous influx of mantle-derived, volatile-rich magmas, such as those that supplied the FS fallout, provides a good explanation for major compositional and eruptive features of Mount Etna.
Appears in Collections:04.08.03. Magmas
Papers Published / Papers in press

Files in This Item:

File SizeFormatVisibility
G_Kamenetsky et al_2007.pdf198.61 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Share this record




Stumble it!



Valid XHTML 1.0! ICT Support, development & maintenance are provided by CINECA. Powered on DSpace Software. CINECA