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|Authors: ||Bellotti, F.*|
|Title: ||Geological map of Mount EtnaWest Rift (Italy)|
|Title of journal: ||Journal of Maps|
|Series/Report no.: ||unico / (2010)|
|Issue Date: ||Apr-2010|
|Abstract: ||Mt Etna (3340 m a.s.l.) is the most active volcano in Europe, with more than 500 ka of geological history.
In this work, a detailed structural and geological field survey of its West Rift was performed at 1:10,000
scale, by using lithostratigraphic criteria and unconformity-bounded units, in accordance with guidelines
suggested by the International Stratigraphic Guide. In the studied area, lithostratigraphic units have
been mapped and the eruptive fissure configuration identified. Fieldwork data were improved by highresolution
orthoimages and DEM analysis, producing a map with detailed lava flow boundaries.
In order to synthesize the main phases of the West Rift evolution, lithostratigraphic units were grouped
into synthems. The volcanic succession starts with the oldest Etna subaerial lava flows (Adrano
Synthem), unconformably covered by lavas belonging to Acireale and Concazze Synthems. Mongibello
volcanic succession (Il Piano Synthem) widely crops out in the area as several superposed lava flow fields.
They are generated by more than 40 eruptive fissures in the past 15,000 years forming the core of theWest
Rift. The eruptive fissures (strike 245 to 280 ) fed several monogenetic cones located in the central sector
of the western flank. Some fissures were formed in the last 2,000 years.
The result of this work is a geological map at 1:15,000 scale, highlighting the geological and structural
setting of the area and significantly improving the knowledge of West Rift evolution, in order to better
assess the entire eruptive history and structural framework of Mt Etna.|
|Appears in Collections:||04.04.10. Stratigraphy|
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