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Authors: Costa, A.* 
Gottsmann, J.* 
Melnik, O.* 
Sparks, R. S. J.* 
Title: A stress-controlled mechanism for the intensity of very large magnitude explosive eruptions
Issue Date: 15-Aug-2011
Series/Report no.: /310 (2011)
DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.07.024
Keywords: conduit model
large explosive eruption
extensional stress
linear fissure eruptions
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.08. Volcanology::04.08.99. General or miscellaneous 
Abstract: Large magnitude explosive eruptions are the result of the rapid and large-scale transport of silicic magma stored in the Earth's crust, but the mechanics of erupting teratonnes of silicic magma remain poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the combined effect of local crustal extension and magma chamber overpressure can sustain linear dyke-fed explosive eruptions with mass fluxes in excess of 1010 kg/s from shallow-seated (4–6 km depth) chambers during moderate extensional stresses. Early eruption column collapse is facilitated with eruption duration of the order of few days with an intensity of at least one order of magnitude greater than the largest eruptions in the 20th century. The conditions explored in this study are one way in which high mass eruption rates can be achieved to feed large explosive eruptions. Our results corroborate geological and volcanological evidences from volcano-tectonic complexes such as the Sierra Madre Occidental (Mexico) and the Taupo Volcanic Zone (New Zealand).
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