Special Issue "Magma Plumbing Systems"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Chiara Maria Petrone

The Natural History Museum, London, Department of Earth Sciences, London, UK
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Interests: igneous petrology, magmatic processes, eruption dynamics, crystal cargo, plumbing systems, elemental diffusion, isotope geochemistry, volcanology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Our understanding of how melt is stored and feeds active volcanoes has dramatically changed in recent years. We have moved away from ideas of a simple “chamber” of magma sitting beneath a volcano to more complex networks of melt, mush and crystals that extend throughout the crust and into the uppermost mantle. This network plays an integral role in eruption dynamics where an influx of fresh, hot magmas from deep in the crust/mantle into a shallower reservoir accompanied by mixing, convective overturn and self-mixing may trigger volcanic eruptions. Timescales of such pre-eruptive magmatic processes are recorded by the chemically zoned minerals within volcanic rocks and can be unlocked by means of diffusion chronometry. In the last 20 years or so, our ability to geophysically and geodetically understand pre-eruptive magmatic processes has greatly improved. The use of seismic data to locate earthquakes has allowed us to image magma movement with unprecedented resolution. However, reconciling the dynamics of magmatic systems and processes (e.g., magma mobilisation and eruption) with volcano deformation and monitoring data is still an open challenge. The ultimate goal of this Special Issue it to put together scientific contributions investigating architectures and dynamics of magma plumbing systems from different perspectives including but not limited to petrology, volcanology, geophysics and geodetic. Interdisciplinary contributions are particularly encouraged.

Dr. Chiara Maria Petrone
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Magmatic processes
  • Crystal residence time
  • Crystal cargo
  • Magma remobilization and eruption
  • Melt movement
  • Magma mixing
  • Volcano deformation
  • Magma degassing.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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