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Volcanic Degassing: Process and Impact

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Volcanic degassing represents an essential component of the global geochemical cycles that determine the state of the atmosphere and climate. It also exerts a first-order influence on the ways in which volcanoes erupt and is thus vital to understanding how volcanoes work and assessing their hazards. This article reviews the sources of volcanic volatiles, their behavior in ascending magmas and surficial reservoirs (including isotopic fractionation), and the processes by which gases separate from melt and reach the atmosphere. A range of field, laboratory, and remote sensing techniques can be applied to measurements and monitoring of volcanic gas and aerosol compositions (elemental, molecular, and isotopic) and flux. It summarizes their application and the general characteristics of volatile emissions associated with different geodynamic settings and volcanic manifestations. Some methods, including those based on petrological and ice core analysis, can even provide estimates of volatile budgets of eruptions that occurred in the distant past. Having considered the source-to-surface processes related to volcanic degassing, it reviews the impacts of emissions on the atmosphere, climate, and environment, from local to global scales, and the associated human and animal health hazards of volcanogenic pollution.

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... Volcanic emissions discharge through a central conduit/conduits, hot springs, fumaroles, crater lakes or diffuse flank degassing (Oppenheimer et al., 2014), whereas non-volcanic degassing can be related to active tectonic settings and geothermal systems where discharge can occur along faults and fractures (Brune et al., 2017;Buttitta et al., 2020;Tamburello et al., 2018). Thus, the migration of gases from the earth's interior to the atmosphere is controlled by the crustal and structural conditions of the respective geological-tectonic setting. ...
... In addition, great attention has been paid to noble gases like helium (He), argon (Ar), or neon (Ne), since they are present in small quantities in high temperature geothermal systems and due to their inert behaviour, allow the determination of the final origin of gases (Ozima, M. and Podosek, 2002;Sano and Fischer, 2013). Thus, geothermal and volcanic gases present a cocktail of different contributions from the mantle, crustal fluids, rocks, and the atmosphere (Mason et al., 2017;Oppenheimer et al., 2014). solubility of common geothermal gases in water is NH 3 >H 2 S>CO 2 >CH 4 >H 2 >O 2 >N 2 with ammonia dissolving first and nitrogen last (D'Amore and H Nicholson, 1993). ...
... indicative for upper mantle values (Marty and Zimmermann, 1999;Oppenheimer et al., 2014). ...
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Major challenges during geothermal exploration and exploitation include the structural-geological characterization of the geothermal system and the application of sustainable monitoring concepts to explain changes in a geothermal reservoir during production and/or reinjection of fluids. In the absence of sufficiently permeable reservoir rocks, faults and fracture networks are preferred drilling targets because they can facilitate the migration of hot and/or cold fluids. In volcanic-geothermal systems considerable amounts of gas emissions can be released at the earth surface, often related to these fluid-releasing structures. In this thesis, I developed and evaluated different methodological approaches and measurement concepts to determine the spatial and temporal variation of several soil gas parameters to understand the structural control on fluid flow. In order to validate their potential as innovative geothermal exploration and monitoring tools, these methodological approaches were applied to three different volcanic-geothermal systems. At each site an individual survey design was developed regarding the site-specific questions. The first study presents results of the combined measurement of CO2 flux, ground temperatures, and the analysis of isotope ratios (δ13CCO2, 3He/4He) across the main production area of the Los Humeros geothermal field, to identify locations with a connection to its supercritical (T > 374◦C and P > 221 bar) geothermal reservoir. The results of the systematic and large-scale (25 x 200 m) CO2 flux scouting survey proved to be a fast and flexible way to identify areas of anomalous degassing. Subsequent sampling with high resolution surveys revealed the actual extent and heterogenous pattern of anomalous degassing areas. They have been related to the internal fault hydraulic architecture and allowed to assess favourable structural settings for fluid flow such as fault intersections. Finally, areas of unknown structurally controlled permeability with a connection to the superhot geothermal reservoir have been determined, which represent promising targets for future geothermal exploration and development. In the second study, I introduce a novel monitoring approach by examining the variation of CO2 flux to monitor changes in the reservoir induced by fluid reinjection. For that reason, an automated, multi-chamber CO2 flux system was deployed across the damage zone of a major normal fault crossing the Los Humeros geothermal field. Based on the results of the CO2 flux scouting survey, a suitable site was selected that had a connection to the geothermal reservoir, as identified by hydrothermal CO2 degassing and hot ground temperatures (> 50 °C). The results revealed a response of gas emissions to changes in reinjection rates within 24 h, proving an active hydraulic communication between the geothermal reservoir and the earth surface. This is a promising monitoring strategy that provides nearly real-time and in-situ data about changes in the reservoir and allows to timely react to unwanted changes (e.g., pressure decline, seismicity). The third study presents results from the Aluto geothermal field in Ethiopia where an area-wide and multi-parameter analysis, consisting of measurements of CO2 flux, 222Rn, and 220Rn activity concentrations and ground temperatures was conducted to detect hidden permeable structures. 222Rn and 220Rn activity concentrations are evaluated as a complementary soil gas parameter to CO2 flux, to investigate their potential to understand tectono-volcanic degassing. The combined measurement of all parameters enabled to develop soil gas fingerprints, a novel visualization approach. Depending on the magnitude of gas emissions and their migration velocities the study area was divided in volcanic (heat), tectonic (structures), and volcano-tectonic dominated areas. Based on these concepts, volcano-tectonic dominated areas, where hot hydrothermal fluids migrate along permeable faults, present the most promising targets for future geothermal exploration and development in this geothermal field. Two of these areas have been identified in the south and south-east which have not yet been targeted for geothermal exploitation. Furthermore, two unknown areas of structural related permeability could be identified by 222Rn and 220Rn activity concentrations. Eventually, the fourth study presents a novel measurement approach to detect structural controlled CO2 degassing, in Ngapouri geothermal area, New Zealand. For the first time, the tunable diode laser (TDL) method was applied in a low-degassing geothermal area, to evaluate its potential as a geothermal exploration method. Although the sampling approach is based on profile measurements, which leads to low spatial resolution, the results showed a link between known/inferred faults and increased CO2 concentrations. Thus, the TDL method proved to be a successful in the determination of structural related permeability, also in areas where no obvious geothermal activity is present. Once an area of anomalous CO2 concentrations has been identified, it can be easily complemented by CO2 flux grid measurements to determine the extent and orientation of the degassing segment. With the results of this work, I was able to demonstrate the applicability of systematic and area-wide soil gas measurements for geothermal exploration and monitoring purposes. In particular, the combination of different soil gases using different measurement networks enables the identification and characterization of fluid-bearing structures and has not yet been used and/or tested as standard practice. The different studies present efficient and cost-effective workflows and demonstrate a hands-on approach to a successful and sustainable exploration and monitoring of geothermal resources. This minimizes the resource risk during geothermal project development. Finally, to advance the understanding of the complex structure and dynamics of geothermal systems, a combination of comprehensive and cutting-edge geological, geochemical, and geophysical exploration methods is essential.
... Les émissions de gaz sont souvent associées à des zones volcaniques actives ou en sommeil et à des régions affectées par la tectonique extensive (par exemple, O'Nions et Oppenheimer et al., 2014). La surveillance des fluides (compositions chimiques et isotopiques et propriétés physiques) dans les régions volcaniques fournit des informations importantes sur les processus intervenant en profondeur (par exemple, Agusto et al., 2013;Barry et al., 2013Barry et al., , 2014Caliro et al., 2015;Christopher et al., 2010;Edmonds, 2008;Fischer, 2008;Mazot et al., 2011;Roulleau et al., 2016;Ruzié et al., 2012;Tassi et al., 2010, Wei et al. ., 2016. ...
... D'autre part, le changement de composition des fluides peut également être corrélé avec la sismicité à l'échelle régionale (par exemple, Bräuer et al., 2008Bräuer et al., , 2018Cardellini et al., 2017;Chiodini et al., 2004;Melián et al., 2012). La compréhension des facteurs de contrôle des émissions de gaz dans les zones volcaniques actives et dormantes a beaucoup progressé au cours des deux dernières décennies (Aiuppa et al., 2007;Edmonds, 2008;Moussallam et al., 2018;Oppenheimer et al., 2014); cependant, beaucoup moins d'attention a été accordée aux zones volcaniques apparemment inactives . Ce sont des volcans dont l'éruption s'est déroulée il y a au moins 10 ka et qui, à la surface, ne montrent aucun signe de réveil. ...
... Ainsi, une source de magma avec une valeur relativement faible en isotope de He (3.10 Ra), similaire à celle proposée pour les systèmes volcaniques du centre de l'Italie, semble être viable sous Ciomadul. Ceci diffère de la valeur de SCLM détectée sur le champ volcanique de Persani (Althaust et al., 1998; cette étude) à proximité ainsi que dans le bassin de Pannonian Cornides, 1993;Palcsu et al., 2014) Oppenheimer et al., 2014). Monitoring of fluids (chemical and isotopic compositions and physical properties) in volcanic regions provides important information concerning the processes occurring at depth (e.g., Agusto et al., 2013;Barry et al., 2013Barry et al., , 2014Caliro et al., 2015;Christopher et al., 2010;Edmonds, 2008;Fischer, 2008;Mazot et al., 2011;Roulleau et al., 2016;Ruzié et al., 2012;Tassi et al., 2010Tassi et al., , 2011Tassi et al., , 2016Wei et al., 2016). ...
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Dans mon projet, j'ai utilisé les gaz nobles (He, Ne, Ar, Kr et Xe) pour étudier les processus naturels se déroulant dans différents contextes géodynamiques (c.-à-d. subduction, collision continentale, rifting), montrant ainsi comment l'utilisation des gaz rares est fondamentale pour contraindre l'origine des substances volatiles et comment ils permettent une évaluation qualitative et quantitative des processus (interaction eau-gaz-roche) qui se produisent pendant la remontée des fluides de l'intérieur de la Terre vers l'atmosphère. Les résultats de mon projet peuvent être résumés en cinq thèmes principaux : 1) Aperçu de l’histoire du dégazage du manteau terrestre à partir d'analyses de haute précision des gaz rares du gaz magmatique ; 2) Systématique des gaz nobles et des isotopes du carbone sur le volcan Ciomadul, apparemment inactif (Roumanie): Preuve du dégazage volcanique ; 3) Fluides dérivés du manteau dans le bassin sédimentaire de Java oriental, Indonésie ; 4) Dégazage des volatiles du manteau dans un régime tectonique de compression hors du volcanisme: rôle de la délamination continentale ; 5) Dégazage continental de l'hélium dans un contexte tectonique actif (nord de l'Italie) : le rôle de la sismicité.
... Reproducibility of δ 18 O and δD measurements is typically ±0.2‰ and ± 3‰, respectively (1σ). Sisotope ratios were determined (on splits of the same whole-rock samples) at the G.G. Hatch Stable Isotope Laboratory of the Also shown are the fields of hightemperature volcanic gases and "volcanic arc andesitic waters" (box A), deep brines from a geothermal well at Sulphur Springs (box B), deep steam condensates from the geothermal well (box C), and fumarolic steam from Sulphur Springs (X symbols in box C) (comparative data from Bath, 1977;Goff and Vuataz, 1984;Mizutani et al., 1986, Taran et al., 1997, 2002Oppenheimer et al., 2014). ...
... In regard to the third possibility -that of progressive isotopic enrichment in both 18 O and D due to non-equilibrium surface evaporation -the resulting slopes should in theory lie in the 3-5 range, depending on air humidity (cf. Oppenheimer et al., 2014). Many thermal pools in geothermal systems do in fact show slopes between 3 and 5 (e.g., Delmelle et al., 2000;Tassi et al., 2005;González-Partida et al., 2005;Rouwet et al., 2008), although processes other than evaporation, e.g., mixing with magmatic waters, have commonly been invoked. ...
... Such trends may in fact be a common feature of low-latitude regions where meteoric waters have high δD values (−20 to +10‰) and therefore the evaporated end-member will have an even higher value. This raises the possibility that some of the isotopic trends shown by geothermal waters at mid-latitudes are not necessarily the result of mixing between meteoric and andesitic-magmatic waters, as is commonly inferred, but could be the result of evaporative surface processes, a point also made by Oppenheimer et al. (2014). ...
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Sulphur Springs is a vigorous geothermal field associated with the Soufrière Volcanic Centre in southern Saint Lucia. Intensely altered rocks occur over an area of at least 200×400 m, together with bubbling hot pools and fumaroles. The pools are sodium‑calcium-sulphate type, with pHs of 3–7 and temperatures of 41–97 °C. Fumaroles have temperatures up to, and at times above 100 °C. Gases collected from both fumaroles and bubbling pools have high contents of CO2 (601–993 mmol/mol) and commonly high H2S (3–190 mmol/mol). Least-altered host rocks surrounding Sulphur Springs comprise calc-alkaline, feldspar-quartz-porphyritic dacites of near-uniform chemical composition. These rocks, which form massive domes and volcaniclastic units, were emplaced 13–30 ka ago (Lindsay et al., 2013). Within the geothermal field, the dacites have been moderately to highly altered to acid-sulphate assemblages of kaolinite, illite, smectite, alunite, natroalunite, cristobalite, opaline silica, native sulphur, jarosite and amorphous compounds. Muddy sediments from grey to blackish thermal pools additionally contain iron sulphides. Despite intense alteration of the volcanic rocks (and derived volcaniclastic sediments), Zr and Ti have remained essentially immobile, which allows identification of the precursors (dacites) and calculation of mass changes. Many of the altered rocks and sediments show major depletions of Fe, Mg, Ca, Na. Extremely altered samples additionally show notable losses of Al, P, K, REE and Y, implying leaching by highly acidic waters. A few of the highly altered rocks, however, have gained Al, together with P, presumably due to neutralization or evaporation of acidic thermal waters. Also present within the geothermal field are metre-scale zones with very high contents of silica and native sulphur, and <1% Al2O3. Based on mass change results, the silica in the silica-sulphur zones, although recrystallized, was mainly inherited from the precursor dacites, rather than added as new hydrothermal precipitates. Surface thermal waters define a linear trend in a plot of δ18O vs. δD, and reach high levels of isotopic enrichment. The enrichment trend is ascribed to progressive evaporation in the thermal pools. The low slope of the isotopic trend (1.4) is interpreted as being due to surficial mixing between meteoric waters and steam condensates derived at about 230 °C from the deep brine that underlies the geothermal field. The whole-rock O-H-isotopic composition of four highly altered samples (kaolinite-smectite-opal-sulphates) can be accounted for if the alteration fluid was a 50:50 mixture of steam and meteoric water, and alteration occurred at 50–125 °C. Whole-rock δ34S values of samples containing variable amounts of sulphates, sulphides and native S are all notably negative (−5 to −16‰), consistent with derivation of sulphur from volcanic gases such as SO2 and H2S. Altered rocks and thermal pool sediments in the geothermal field are commonly enriched in Hg and Se (up to 50 mg/kg). At Sulphur Springs, primary dacitic rocks have been chemically and mineralogically transformed by reaction with acidic waters that formed when uprising volcanic gases condensed into neutral meteoric waters. In many cases, this has led to substantial mass losses or gains in Al, P and REEs. Regardless of the degree of alteration, however, the precursor rocks can still be identified using Ti-Zr relations.
... It is therefore necessary to distinguish between hazards on a global scale, which are likely to modify climatic and environmental conditions and disrupt ecosystems in the long term, and hazards on a local scale, which have more limited and often shorter-lived effects, but which are potentially dramatic for the populations exposed. Wallace (2005) and Oppenheimer et al. (2014)) and related volcanic gas composition (from Symonds et al. (1994) and Oppenheimer et al. (2014)). The abbreviation <d.l. ...
... It is therefore necessary to distinguish between hazards on a global scale, which are likely to modify climatic and environmental conditions and disrupt ecosystems in the long term, and hazards on a local scale, which have more limited and often shorter-lived effects, but which are potentially dramatic for the populations exposed. Wallace (2005) and Oppenheimer et al. (2014)) and related volcanic gas composition (from Symonds et al. (1994) and Oppenheimer et al. (2014)). The abbreviation <d.l. ...
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The complexity of understanding volcanic risk is partly due to the fact that it is the result of different hazards, some of which are directly linked to the eruptive activity, such as, gas, lava flows, pyroclastic flows and ash fallout, and others which are directly or indirectly induced by these hazards, such as, debris avalanches, tsunamis, mudflows or lahars. A wide range of seismic phenomena is associated with volcanic activity. The main sources of seismic signals are: magma transfers; hydrothermal activity; and volcano‐tectonic phenomena. Understanding the hazard associated with volcanic gases means first of all understanding the physico‐chemistry of the outgassing process. Volcanic explosions produce and eject tephra of various sizes and gases. Tephra are classified into three main classes: bombs, lapilli and ash. Lahars are part of a continuum of water‐rich flows, but sediment concentration, particle size distribution and density help distinguish the following two categories: hyperconcentrated flows and debris flows.
... Volcanic gases are emitted to the atmosphere both as diffuse degassing (Chiodini et al., 1996;Hernández et al., 2001;Pérez et al., 2011;Melián et al., 2014Melián et al., , 2019Cardellini et al., 2017;Padrón et al., 2021) and visible emanations (e.g., fumaroles, plumes; Giggenbach, 1975;Fisher et al., 1996;Hilton et al., 2002;Melián et al., 2012;Gresse et al., 2018). The composition of the fluids discharged by volcanoes are a reflection of 1) deep processes such as the injection of new magma, degassing of deep mafic magma in the lower crust etc. and 2) secondary processes, as for example gas re-equilibrium, interaction with meteoric water-fed, water-rock interaction etc. (Giggenbach, 1980(Giggenbach, , 1984(Giggenbach, , 1987(Giggenbach, , 1993Chiodini and Marini 1998;Taran and Giggenbach, 2003;Oppenheimer et al., 2012). Increases of the volatile content in magma plays a fundamental role in pre-eruptive pressurization of volcanic systems (Wallace, 2001). ...
... H 2 is a well-known geochemical tracer in volcanic systems. H 2 plays a role in key redox reactions that occur in magmatic gases, because of its relationship to fO 2 via the water dissociation reaction (e.g., Giggenbach 1987;Oppenheimer et al., 2012). Time series of He/ CO 2 and H 2 /CO 2 for the Pico do Fogo fumaroles are given in Figures 10B,C. ...
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... Because of spatial/temporal variability, and due to the fact that some arc volcanoes remain unsampled to date, mostly due to their remoteness and inaccessibility, arc-scale noble gas compositional catalogues (Hilton et al., 2002;Sano and Fischer, 2013) remain biased by the incomplete and heterogeneous data set available. Nonetheless, global reviews [Hilton et al., 2002;Sano and Fischer, 2013;Oppenheimer et al., 2014;Mason et al., 2017] provide convincing evidence for arc-scale correlations between isotope tracers and slab/crustal processes. ...
... 2002; Sano and Fischer, 2013;Oppenheimer et al., 2014;Mason et al., 2017) reported 3 He/ 4 He averages of 3.2 ± 1.0 R A and 5.7 ± 2.4 R A (<< MORB-range of 8 ± 1 R A ) for Ecuador and Colombia, respectively (e.g., Hilton et al., 2002). These may in large reflect significant extents of mixing between mantle-derived and radiogenic helium produced in the crust. ...
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... Gases and other materials emitted from volcanic systems are originally sourced in variable proportions from mantle-generated magmas, crustal rocks and fluids, and the mantle wedge and subducting slab in the case of volcanic arc systems (Oppenheimer et al., 2014). Their release to the Earth's surface occurs through a number of physical features including gas vents (fumaroles) and lava lakes within summit craters, subsidiary fumaroles and diffuse degassing zones on volcano flanks, as well as hot springs, volcanic lakes, mud pots, and fumaroles rooted in volcano-hosted hydrothermal aquifers ( Fig. 1; Fischer and Chiodini, 2015;Gresse et al., 2018). ...
... sulfide (H 2 S), and hydrogen halides such as HF and HCl (Delmelle, 2003;Oppenheimer et al., 2014). They also contain a range of metals such As, Hg, Pb, Sb, Se, and Tl (Buat-Menard and Arnold, 1978;Bernard and Le Guern, 1986;Mather et al., 2012;Moune et al., 2010). ...
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... [3], [4], [5], [6], and references therein). 25 The gas composition of the emission plumes can, inter alia, be studied using ground-based passive remote sensing techniques. ...
... Table A1. Pyplis example scripts, sub-categorised into introductory scripts (0.1-0.7) and scripts related to the emission-rate analysis of the Etna test data (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)(10)(11)(12) In order to use all features of Pyplis (e.g. automatic file separation, automatic dark and offset 510 correction, geometrical calculations), certain camera characteristics need to be provided by the user. ...
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UV SO2 cameras have become a common tool to measure and monitor SO2-emission-rates, mostly from volcanoes but also from anthropogenic sources (e.g. power plants or ships). In the past years, the analysis of UV SO2 camera data has seen many improvements. As a result, for many of the required analysis steps, several alternatives exist today. This inspired the development of Pyplis, an open-source software toolbox written in Python 2.7, which aims to unify the most prevalent methods from literature within a single, cross-platform analysis framework. Pyplis comprises a vast collection of algorithms relevant for the analysis of UV SO2 camera data. These include several routines to retrieve plume background radiances as well as routines for cell and DOAS based camera calibration. The latter includes two independent methods to identify the DOAS field-of-view within the camera images. Plume velocities can be retrieved using an optical flow algorithm as well as signal cross-correlation. Furthermore, Pyplis includes a routine to perform a first order correction of the signal dilution effect. All required geometrical calculations are performed within a 3D model environment allowing for distance retrievals to plume and local terrain features on a pixel basis. SO2-emission-rates can be retrieved simultaneously for an arbitrary number of plume intersections. Pyplis has been extensively and successfully tested using data from several field campaigns. Here, the main features are introduced using a dataset obtained at Mt. Etna, Italy on 16 September 2015.
... Volcanic plumes, fumaroles, and degassing grounds release incessantly magmatic volatiles (e.g., H 2 O, SO 2 , and CO 2 ) [7], representing the external appearance of deep magma degassing [8,9]. These volatiles are a source of priceless data for forecasting the likelihood of a volcanic eruption. ...
... 2020, 10, 6402 3 of 23 they can perform measurements from a safe area, while also allowing (semi)-continuous operation during eruptions. Moreover, gas amounts can be retrieved non-invasively in near real-time, obviating the need for successive laboratory analysis, thus avoiding possible sample contamination, and-unlike in situ sampling-standoff sensing techniques measure integrated or range-resolved gas concentrations through cross-sections of the plume, thus providing a more informative characterization of composition and flux of the volcanic plume [8]. ...
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... The accurate retrieval of the source location and mass loading of volcanic plumes is essential to study volcanic processes and mitigate the associated hazards. In particular, Sulfur Dioxide (SO 2 ) gas emissions are a key parameter informing on the eruptive activity of volcanoes (Oppenheimer et al., 2014). An increase in SO 2 flux is for instance often considered as a precursor to volcanic eruptions. ...
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... Les éruptions volcaniques sont une source majeure d'éléments traces (e.g., As, Cd, Cu, Pb, and Se) (Nriagu, 1989 ;Oppenheimer et al., 2003). En effet les particules et les gaz injectés dans l'atmosphère peuvent être une source naturelle d'éléments traces dans la troposphère, la stratosphère et la surface terrestre (Nho et al., 1996 ;Dams et al., 1973 (Symonds and Reed, 1993;Zreda-Gostynska et al., 1997). ...
... One recurrent sign of dormant volcanoes becoming restless is an escalation in surface degassing activity 13,14 , typically manifesting as accelerating outgassing rates 2,15 , increasing fumarole temperatures and/or extension of degassing areas 16,17 , and increasingly magmatic (and less hydrothermal) chemical characteristics of the emitted gases [18][19][20][21][22][23] . As not all degassing unrests ultimately culminate into eruption 8 , the fundamental challenge is to distinguish, from data streamed by monitoring networks, between pre-eruption magmatic unrests (those driven by magma ascent, and that will culminate into an eruption 24,25 ), failed/ aborted magmatic unrests (in which degassing magma is involved that will not ultimately erupt 26 ), and hydrothermal unrests (in which no magma is involved but hydrothermal/phreatic explosions are still possible 27 ). ...
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The benign fuming activity of dormant volcanoes is punctuated by phases of escalating degassing activity that, on some occasions, ultimately prelude to eruption. However, understanding the drivers of such unrest is complicated by complex interplay between magmatic and hydrothermal processes. Some of the most comprehensively characterised degassing unrest have recently been observed at La Fossa cone on Vulcano Island, but whether or not these episodes involve new, volatile-rich ascending magma remains debated. Here, we use volcanic gas measurements, in combination with melt inclusion information, to propose that heightened sulphur dioxide flux during the intense fall 2021 La Fossa unrest is sourced by degassing of volatile-rich mafic magma. Calculations using a numerical model indicate observations are consistent with the unrest being triggered by the emplacement of ∼3·10⁶ m³ of mafic magma at ∼4–5 km depth. Degassing of mafic magma is argued as a recurrent driver of unrest at dormant volcanoes worldwide.
... Magmatic gases are the drivers for explosive volcanic eruptions, making their sensing and quantification of prime importance for characterizing volcano behavior (Oppenheimer et al., 2014;Vergniolle and Métrich, 2022). The advent of the SO 2 camera technique (see reviews in Kern et al., 2010a, Burton et al., 2015McGonigle et al., 2017) has paved the way to monitoring SO 2 flux emissions at Stromboli (and elsewhere) with finer temporal and spatial resolution (Tamburello et al., 2012;Delle Donne et al., 2017;Aiuppa et al., 2021) than before (Allard et al., 2008). ...
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... The composition of the acidic-rain reactant was derived from dissolution of one mole of Erte Ale volcanic gas (Oppenheimer et al., 2014), with an added 1% O 2 (Lu et al., 2014) in 1 kg of water, then equilibrated with a CO 2 partial pressure of 0.05 MPa, as described in Schieber et al. (2017) and tabulated in Appendix S14. An atmospheric CO 2 buffer for both weathering and diagenetic settings limits the model's application to shallow diagenesis and avoids the need to turn off the buffer at an arbitrarily chosen reaction point. ...
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Mudstone‐dominated lacustrine strata in the Pahrump Hills area of Gale Crater, Mars, have the most extensive data set of physical and geochemical observations yet collected. Although sparse by Earth standards, a source‐to‐sink portrayal of the sedimentary system that differs substantially from previous work has been extracted by integrating sedimentology, stratigraphy, mineral and elemental analyses, geochemical modelling, laboratory experiments and Earth analogues in a sequence‐stratigraphic and palaeogeographic framework. Approximately 3.5 Ga, these 15 m thick strata contain five facies that range from fine to coarse detrital mudstone with abundant sediment‐incorporative evaporite pseudomorphs. The section is dominated by first‐cycle grains of minimally weathered primary igneous minerals but with four distinct compositions. Bedding in the mudstones comprises planar‐parallel beds, current ripples and wave‐induced structures, with common and widespread truncation. The absence of primary desiccation and synaeresis cracks is probably due to minimal clay‐mineral content, as supported by lab experiments. Evaporite minerals formed on and within detrital muds shortly after accumulation by evapoconcentration and cooling. The succession contains 16 parasequences in five depositional sequences with all the sequence‐stratigraphic elements known from terrestrial strata. Two of the sequence boundaries are unconformities that record significant shifts in the behaviour and palaeogeographic configuration of the fluvio‐lacustrine system. This contrasts with the previous view that all facies are genetically related. Most of the variability in rock composition can be attributed to stratigraphic changes in provenance that integrate changing drainage basin configurations, type of exposed bedrock and changes in weathering regime. These strata are interpreted as evaporative lake deposits that accumulated in an underfilled lake basin with closed surface hydrography but through‐flowing groundwater. Lake waters were saline to hypersaline, and lake levels, shorelines and salinities fluctuated greatly at various temporal scales.
... In subduction-related settings, the 3 He/ 4 He ratio of the mantle wedge, and thus of magmatic/volcanic gases, is normally expected within the MORB range (8 ± 1 Ra) [87], due to the fact that the oceanic crust originally has a MORB-like signature and early models of noble gases hypothesised a subduction barrier for their recycling into the mantle [101]. However, this is not always observed in arc volcanoes on Earth, where 3 He/ 4 He values lower than 7.0 Ra are often found [70,[102][103][104]. Nevertheless, it must be noted that it is only at volcanic arcs, where continental crust is involved in the subduction, that slab fluids are likely to significantly play a game in determining 3 He/ 4 He values of <<7.0 Ra (e.g., Italy, [47,105]). ...
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Constraining the magmatic 3He/4He signature of fluids degassed from a magmatic system is crucial for making inferences on its mantle source. This is especially important in arc volcanism, where variations in the composition of the wedge potentially induced by slab sediment fluids must be distinguished from the effects of magma differentiation, degassing, and crustal contamination. The study of fluid inclusions (FIs) trapped in minerals of volcanic rocks is becoming an increasingly used methodology in geochemical studies that integrates the classical study of volcanic and geothermal fluids. Here, we report on the first noble gas (He, Ne, Ar) concentrations and isotopic ratios of FI in olivine (Ol) and pyroxene (Px) crystals separated from eruptive products of the Telica and Baru volcanoes, belonging to the Nicaraguan and Panamanian arc-segments of Central America Volcanic arc (CAVA). FIs from Telica yield air corrected 3He/4He (Rc/Ra) of 7.2–7.4 Ra in Ol and 6.1–7.3 in Px, while those from Baru give 7.1–8.0 Ra in Ol and 4.2–5.8 Ra in Px. After a data quality check and a comparison with previous 3He/4He measurements carried out on the same volcanoes and along CAVA, we constrained a magmatic Rc/Ra signature of 7.5 Ra for Telica and of 8.0 Ra for Baru, both within the MORB range (8 � 1 Ra). These 3He/4He differences also reflect variations in the respective arc-segments, which cannot be explained by radiogenic 4He addition due to variable crust thickness, as the mantle beneath Nicaragua and Panama is at about 35 and 30 km, respectively. We instead highlight that the lowest 3He/4He signature observed in the Nicaraguan arc segment reflects a contamination of the underlying wedge by slab sediment fluids. Rc/Ra values up to 9.0 Ra are found at Pacaya volcano in Guatemala, where the crust is 45 km thick, while a 3He/4He signature of about 8.0 Ra was measured at Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica, which is similar to that of Baru, and reflects possible influence of slab melting, triggered by a change in subduction conditions and the contemporary subduction of the Galapagos hot-spot track below southern Costa Rica and western Panama.
... However, the constituents may be also affected by differential fluid delivery from the sea-floor vents (Grenne and Slack, 2005;German and Von Damm, 2006;Fig. 12), and by eruptive gaseous emissions (Oppenheimer, 2014;Yudovich and Ketris, 2015). Several geochemical proxies, such as moderate iron and manganese values (Fe 2 O 3 < 5.3%, MnO 2 < 0.4%; Fig. 10; Table 2), relatively high values of the Al/(Al + Fe + Mn) ratio (>0.6; ...
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... Además, la composición varía entre volcanes que tienen diferente origen y por lo tanto diferente tipo de magma. Un panorama más complicado se presenta si las emisiones volcánicas provienen de fumarolas, es decir, fracturas asociadas al edificio volcánico, donde podrían interactuar con aguas subterráneas o marinas, y así modificar la composición química y la concentración de los gases [7]. El H2O(g), independientemente del origen, composición y concentración de los gases, contribuye entre el 50 y 90% del volumen total (% vol.) y es considerado el compuesto gaseoso más abundante en la Figura 2: Simple descripción de la estructura interna (conducto y cámara magmática) y externa (pluma volcánica) de un volcán. ...
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... Understanding magmatic volatiles behaviour in terms of the maximum amount that can be dissolved in a silicate melt under a given set of conditions (pressure, temperature, melt composition, and redox state) is crucial for improving the knowledge of magmatic processes and degassing mechanisms involved in volcanic eruptions [Moore, 2008, Oppenheimer et al., 2014. ...
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... Such efforts can be coupled with high-resolution analysis of deep low-frequency earthquakes (DLFEs) 17,18,68,69 to unravel deep magma transport. Improved knowledge of external loading/unloading conditions 67 , continuous monitoring of degassing rate 70 , and the permeability/ rheology of shallow conduit 32,67 can facilitate diagnosing shortterm eruption potential. ...
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... Sulfur can also be introduced by metamorphic fluids from wall rocks [63,64] or from the deep crust during amphibolite-grade and granulite-grade metamorphism [65]. The δ 34 S values from the Anatahan eruptions showed a range between −0.5‰ and + 2.5‰ [66]. These authors also indicated δ 34 S values from the melts varying from 0 ‰ to + 2‰; however, the δ 34 S values from the sulfates contained in the ash range between + 2.5‰ and + 3‰. ...
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Major trace element analyses, including pyrite chemistry of pyritic mudstones of shallow-marine Singa Formation of Pennsylvanian–Early Permian age have been carried out to assess gold potential, the source of sulfur and organic matter. Regionally, Singa Formation spatially correlates with the Bohorok Formation (Sumatra, Indonesia), the Kaeng Krachang group (Thailand), and the Lebyin group (Burma or Myanmar). In Southeast Asia, this formation is important because it has a record of glacial processes that occurred along the northern margin of Gondwana in the Late Paleozoic age. This study has revealed that mudstones of the Singa Formation, which contain lonestones of glacial origin, deposited under suboxic–oxic conditions in shallow marine environment during Pennsylvanian–Early Permian time. The black mudstones contain total organic carbon which ranges from 0.1 to 0.7 wt.%, and gold content varying from 40 to 62 ppb, making them gold source rocks. This study has revealed diagenetic gold presence in the early pyrite generations (pyrites 1, 2, and 3) in these mudstones with gold content ranging up to 1.6 ppm Au which is indicative of early enrichment of gold. Conversely, late generations of pyrite (pyrites 4, 5, and 6) in these mudstones record low gold content up to 0.5 ppm Au. The δ34S values for pyrite grains range from −24.6‰ to + 6.2‰ likely indicate a combination of magmatic and biogenic source of sulfur. Organic carbon isotope composition of the pebbly mudstone samples shows a wide range from −23.9‰ to −5.8‰ indicating a mixed terrestrial and marine source.
... Such efforts can be coupled with high-resolution analysis of deep low-frequency earthquakes (DLFEs) 17,18,68,69 to unravel deep magma transport. Improved knowledge of external loading/unloading conditions 67 , continuous monitoring of degassing rate 70 , and the permeability/ rheology of shallow conduit 32,67 can facilitate diagnosing shortterm eruption potential. ...
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Magma ascent, storage, and discharge in the trans-crustal magma plumbing system are key to long-term volcanic output and short-term eruption dynamics. Petrological analytics, geodetic deformations and mechanical modeling have shaped the current understanding of magma transport. However, due to the lack of observations, how a distinct magma batch transports from a crystal-rich mush region to a crystal-poor pool with eruptible magma remains enigmatic. Through stacking of tilt and seismic waveform data, we find that episodic long-period tremors (LPTs) located near sea level beneath the Aso volcano are accompanied by a synchronous deformation event, which initiates ~50 seconds before individual LPT event and concludes seconds after. The episodic deformation source corresponds to either an inflation or a deflation event located ~3 km below sea level, with a major volumetric component (50-440 cubic meters per event) and a minor high-angle normal-fault component. We suggest that these deformation events likely represent short-lived, episodic upward transport of discrete magma batches accompanied by high-angle shear failure near the roof of the inferred magma chamber at relatively high temperature, whereas their recurrences, potentially composition dependent, are regulated by the brittle-to-ductile transition rheology under low differential stress and high strain rate due to the surge of magma from below, regulating long-term volcanic output rate. The magma ascent velocity, decompression rates, and cumulative magma output deduced from the episodic deformation events before recent eruptions in Aso volcano are compatible with retrospective observations of the eruption style, tephra fallouts, and plume heights, promising real-time evaluation of upcoming eruptions.
... The filtered dataset is used below to infer volatile sources ad processes deep in the mantle. (Matsumoto et al., 2001;Gurenko et al., 2006;Hopp et al., 2004Hopp et al., , 2007aHopp et al., , 2007bNuccio et al., 2008;Martelli et al., 2014;Oppenheimer et al., 2014;Rizzo et al., 2018). He, Ne and Ar systematics suggest the existence of an atmospheric component in our samples (especially in nodule V -I). ...
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We present the first isotopic (noble gases and CO 2) characterization of fluid inclusions coupled to Raman microspectroscopy analyses in mantle xenoliths from Central Mexico, a geodynamically complex area where the Basin and Range extension was superimposed on the Farallon subduction (terminated at 28 Ma). To characterize the isotopic signature of the Central Mexican lithospheric mantle, we focus on fluid inclusions entrapped in mantle xenoliths found in deposits of the Joya Honda maar (JH), a Quaternary monogenetic volcano belonging to the Ventura Espiritu Santo Volcanic Field (VESVF) in the state of San Luis Potosí (central Mexico). Thirteen ultramafic plagioclase-free xenoliths were selected, all exhibiting a paragenesis Ol > Opx > Cpx > > Sp, and being classified as spinel-lherzolites and harzburgites. All xenoliths bring textural evidence of interstitial glass veins bearing dendritic trails of secondary melt and fluid inclusions (composed of silicate glass ± CO 2 ± Mg-Ca carbonates ± pyrite). These are related to pervasive mantle metasomatism driven by carbonate-rich silicate melt. The Ar and Ne systematics reflect mixing between MORB-like upper mantle and atmospheric fluids, the latter interpreted as reflecting a recycled air component possibly inherited from the Farallon plate subduction. The 3 He/ 4 He ratios vary between 7.13 and 7.68 Ra, within the MORB range (7-9 Ra), and the 4 He/ 40 Ar* ratios (0.4-3.11) are similarly close to the expected range of the fertile mantle (1-5). Taken together, these pieces of evidence suggest that (i) either the mantle He budget was scarcely modified by the Farallon plate subduction, and/or (ii) that any (large) crustal contribution was masked by a later metasomatism/refertilization episode, possibly during the subsequent Basin and Range extension. A silicate melt-driven metasomatism/refertilization (revealed by the association between glass veins and fluid inclusions) is consistent with calculated helium residence time for the Mexican lithospheric mantle (20 to 60 Ma) that overlaps the timing of the above geo-dynamic events. We propose that, after the refertilization event (e.g., over the last ~20 Ma), the lithospheric mantle has evolved in a steady-state, becoming slightly more radiogenic. We also estimated 3 He fluxes (0.027-0.080 mol/g), 4 He production rates (340-1000 mol/yr), and mantle CO 2 fluxes (3.93 × 10 7 mol/yr to 1.18 × 10 8 mol/yr) using the helium isotopic values measured in JH mantle xenoliths. Finally, the JH xenoliths exhibit CO 2 / 3 He ratios comparable to those of the upper mantle (from 3.38 × 10 8 to 3.82 × 10 9) but more positive δ 13 C values (between − 1.0 and − 2.7‰), supporting the involvement of a crustal carbonate component. We propose that the metasomatic silicate melts recycled a crustal carbonate component, inherited by the Farallon plate subduction.
... H 2 is one of the most abundant trace species in volcanic emissions and is an essential participant in key redox reactions that take place in magmatic gases since it is intimately interconnected to fO 2 via the water dissociation reaction (e.g. Giggenbach, 1987;Oppenheimer et al., 2014). While CO 2 transport through the hydrothermal system is affected by the occurrence of secondary processes (gas scrubbing by ground-waters and interaction with rocks, decarbonatation processes, biogenic production, etc.), ...
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... According to Fig. 4, the mineral clarkes of Cl and F are higher and the mineral clarke of S is lower in the Tolbachik fumarole deposits compared to Vulcano. This information is in good agreement with compositions of high-temperature gas emissions of these volcanoes reported in (Oppenheimer et al., 2014) and also with the data on concentrations of rare elements in gaseous samples taken from the Vulcano fumaroles (Cheynet et al., 2000). The authors of the latter paper consider Pb, Bi, As and also Zn, Tl, Cd as the most character-Tol Vul ...
... In addition to their great potential in eruption forecasting, these portable units have revolutionized our understanding of along-arc chemistry of volcanic gases at different regions of the world. Moreover, when combined with remotely sensed SO 2 fluxes, these measurements provide a means to constrain volcanic gas fluxes, especially CO 2 [17][18][19][20][21][26][27][28][29]. ...
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... Volcanic and geothermal areas represent the result of the dynamics involving the deeper layers of the earth and resulting in the emission of several gases from volcanic soils. In general, geothermal gases are mainly composed of H 2 O and CO 2 as the most dominant species, and other minor species as the more reduced gases H 2 S, CH 4 , H 2 , CO, and NH 3 (Oppenheimer et al., 2014). The abundance of the latter gases, and consequently their impact to the atmosphere, is strictly related to the energy of the system, the water-rock interactions, gasgas interactions and also to the gas-biota interactions. ...
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Volcanic and geothermal areas are hot and often acidic environments that emit geothermal gasses, including H2, CO and CO2. Geothermal gasses mix with air, creating conditions where thermoacidophilic aerobic H2- and CO-oxidizing microorganisms could thrive. Here, we describe the isolation of two Kyrpidia spormannii strains, which can grow autotrophically by oxidizing H2 and CO with oxygen. These strains, FAVT5 and COOX1, were isolated from the geothermal soils of the Favara Grande on Pantelleria Island, Italy. Extended physiology studies were performed with K. spormannii FAVT5, and showed that this strain grows optimally at 55°C and pH 5.0. The highest growth rate is obtained using H2 as energy source (μmax 0.19 ± 0.02 h–1, doubling time 3.6 h). K. spormannii FAVT5 can additionally grow on a variety of organic substrates, including some alcohols, volatile fatty acids and amino acids. The genome of each strain encodes for two O2-tolerant hydrogenases belonging to [NiFe] group 2a hydrogenases and transcriptome studies using K. spormannii FAVT5 showed that both hydrogenases are expressed under H2 limiting conditions. So far no Firmicutes except K. spormannii FAVT5 have been reported to exhibit a high affinity for H2, with a Ks of 327 ± 24 nM. The genomes of each strain encode for one putative CO dehydrogenase, belonging to Form II aerobic CO dehydrogenases. The genomic potential and physiological properties of these Kyrpidia strains seem to be quite well adapted to thrive in the harsh environmental volcanic conditions.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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Covering a key connection between geological processes and life on Earth, this multidisciplinary volume describes the effects of volcanism on the environment by combining present-day observations of volcanism and environmental changes with information from past eruptions preserved in the geologic record. The book discusses the origins, features and timing of volumetrically large volcanic eruptions; methods for assessing gas and tephra release in the modern day and the palaeo-record; and the impacts of volcanic gases and aerosols on the environment, from ozone depletion to mass extinctions. The significant advances that have been made in recent years in quantifying and understanding the impacts of present and past volcanic eruptions are presented and review chapters are included, making this a valuable book for academic researchers and graduate students in volcanology, climate science, palaeontology, atmospheric chemistry, and igneous petrology.
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The Evolution of the Igneous Rocks, by N. L. Bowen, appeared in 1928 and had a profound influence on later generations of petrologists. Drawing on his series of lectures at Princeton University in the spring of 1927, Dr. Bowen identified, outlined, and applied the principles of physical chemistry relevant to petrological processes. Whereas the major petrochemical questions he discussed are still relevant today, the answers appear to change with time. The purpose of the present volume is to provide an updated view of those questions, in the light of almost fifty years of accumulated observations, using the principles Bowen set forth.
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We present solution models for the rhyolite–H_2O–CO_2 and basalt–H_2O–CO_2 systems at magmatic temperatures and pressures below ∼5000 bar. The models are coded as macros written in Visual Basic for Applications, for use within Microsoft® Excel (Office’98 and 2000). The series of macros, entitled VolatileCalc, can calculate the following: (1) Saturation pressures for silicate melt of known dissolved H_2O and CO_2 concentrations and the corresponding equilibrium vapor composition; (2) open- and closed-system degassing paths (melt and vapor composition) for depressurizing rhyolitic and basaltic melts; (3) isobaric solubility curves for rhyolitic and basaltic melts; (4) isoplethic solubility curves (constant vapor composition) for rhyolitic and basaltic melts; (5) polybaric solubility curves for the two end members and (6) end member fugacities of H_2O and CO_2 vapors at magmatic temperatures. The basalt–H_2O–CO_2 macros in VolatileCalc are capable of calculating melt–vapor solubility over a range of silicate-melt compositions by using the relationships provided by Dixon (American Mineralogist 82 (1997) 368). The output agrees well with the published solution models and experimental data for silicate melt–vapor systems for pressures below 5000 bar.
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This book attempts to summarize for the student and professional geologist our current knowledge of volcanoes, particularly their behaviour and physical structure. The 15 chapters in the book deal (after an introduction) with the physical nature of magmas; the generations rise and storage of magmas; eruptive mechanisms; lava flows; airfall and intrusive pyroclastic deposits; pyroclastic flows and cahars; cones, domes and shields; calderas and cauldrons; principal kinds of eruptions, basaltic fissure eruptions, oceanic volcanism, volcanism and orogeny; volcanic gases and hydrothermal phenomena; and volcanism and man. The book is illustrate with graphs, sketches, and photographs throughout.-P.N.Chroston
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A physical classification is offered for the regimes of volcanic eruptions. It is based on the hydrodynamic mechanisms of a two-phase magma flow in the vent. Three principal regimes are distinguished: (1) dispersion (gas-suspension flow, the dispersion medium is gas, the dispersed phase, the shattered, frothed magma); (2) bubbling (the dispersion medium is liquid, the dispersed phase, the rapidly floating gas bubbles); and (3) foam breakage (magma flows as a dispersion medium pierced with numerous unstable minute conduits of connected bubbles providing an outrunning gas escape). A relationship has been found between various eruptive regimes and the magma plumbing system of a volcano. -from Journal summary
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The composition of gases released from volcanoes is a function of deep processes, such as vapor-melt separation during the generation and rise of the magmas, and shallow processes, active within the volcanic structures themselves. Of the three major types of volcanic systems, those associated with andesitic magmatism are the most suitable to the application of geochemical surveillance and monitoring techniques. Volatile contents of andesitic magmas, largely representing fluids released from the subducted slab, are likely to be high enough to allow a separate, volatile-rich phase to be present during all stages of magma generation and migration. In spite of highly variable solubilities in magmatic melts, the proportions of volatiles present in the vapors discharged from volcanic fumaroles resemble closely those acquired at depth suggesting that the vapor-melt systems have attained steady-state and that the overall process active during the rise of the volatiles is effectively nonfractionating.
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Atomic compositions of high quality volcanic gas collections by others from Surtsey, Etna, and Kilauea are examined to determine the compositional range, limits, and trends in the basaltic gas phase. The C-H-S system adequately represents the total composition of these gases: they are restricted to the volume within this tetrahedron bounded by H 2 O, SO 2 , CO 2 , and H 2 . Limiting ratios can be set at C/S greater than 0.500 and C/H less than 1.000. Data on oxygen fugacities of volcanic rocks indicate that the HM (hematite-magnetite) and QFM (quartz-fayalite-magnetite) buffers are extreme limits for terrestrial magmas. The positions of these buffers from 1250 degrees to 800 degrees C within the C-O-H-S tetrahedron plus the limiting C/S and C/H ratios indicated by collections limit the compositional range over which bulk gas compositions compatible with magmas can vary. The distance between the buffers in the tetrahedron increases greatly with increased carbon and sulfur and decreased temperature, allowing a much wider range of gas compositions. If magmas are buffered by their gases, only a restricted range of compositions near HM would be possible. When magma buffers the gas, the greatest compositional range (defined by HM, 1250 degrees C and QFM, 800 degrees C) is possible. The wide range of collected gas compositions indicates that gases are commonly buffered by magma. Further, gas compositions are apparently more closely related to QFM buffering than to the oxidized HM extreme. The general correlation of collected gas compositions with QFM buffer positions at the collection temperatures strongly supports these conclusions. The increase of C/S with decreased temperature suggested by the collection data is also in agreement with the evolutionary trends shown by the above volcanoes. Plots of C/S versus C/H for the best samples from each of the three volcanoes show a compositional trend that is best explained by late stage magma degassing. This trend indicates hydrogen enrichment and sulfur depletion, gases obtained by basalt degassing plot at the hydrogen-rich, sulfur-poor end of this trend. This common trend may indicate a similar compositional evolution during magma degassing for the three volcanoes. Alternatively, differences in initial bulk composition at the source may explain the separation of the volcanoes on this trend.
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The interaction of magma-gas systems is investigated, employing fugacity data derived from mineral equilibria in basaltic lavas. These data are compared with equilibrium compositions in the C-O-H-S gaseous system to identify atomic and molecular compositional characteristics of gases compatible with lavas over a range of physical conditions. C-O-H-S gases with equilibrium oxygen fugacities (fO2) on NNO or QFM at 1000 degrees C and 1 atm total pressure will have fO2's during closed gaseous system cooling which either continue to be compatible with these buffers or which become too high for such equilibria. The degree of compatibility depends upon the bulk atomic composition of the gas. Similar results are obtained at moderate pressures. Oxygen fugacities measured in lavas or determined from rock mineralogies also follow these trends with decreasing temperature, and a wide range of bulk gas compositions are compatible with these lavas. However, the trend toward increasing reduction with decreasing temperature at Skaergaard is not followed by any gas during closed system cooling. Others have shown that subaerial lavas are commonly more reduced than submarine lavas. This may be caused primarily by the fO2 decrease in gases during pressure decrease, even at constant composition, rather than by the effervescence of SO2 during magma degassing. The effect of the latter process is relatively minor. The atomic compositions of gases compatible with pyrrhotite-magnetite assemblages crystallized from immiscible sulfide liquids at Alae Crater, Hawaii have been determined. at 800 degrees C, 1 atm total pressure, the allowed range of gas compositions for these assemblages includes abundant carbon and sulfur and excludes compositions dominated by H2O. SO2 is more abundant than H2S, and, at C/S = 1.5, the molecular composition is like that derived for the "initial" gas at Kilauea (Nordlie, 1971), At 900 degrees C, 1 atm total pressure, only gases with anomalously low C/S ratios are allowed. The allowed range of gases compatible with oxide-sulfide assemblages at higher pressures includes more water rich compositions. However, data from submarine lavas indicate that such gases may not be favored at higher pressures. Pyrrhotite-magnetite assemblages and immiscible sulfide liquid are favored in environments allowing rapid quenching or maintenance of early magmatic gas compositions by confining pressure.
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Two methods were used to quantify the flux of volcanic sulphur (as the equivalent mass of SO2) to the stratosphere over different timescales during the Holocene. A combination of satellite-based measurements of sulphur yields from recent explosive volcanic eruptions with an appropriate rate of explosive volcanism for the past 200 years constrains the medium-term (≃102 years) flux of volcanic sulphur to the stratosphere to be ≃ 1 Mt a-1, with lower and upper bounds of 0.3 and 3 Mt a-1. The short-term ( ≃ 10- to 20-year) flux due to small magnitude (1010-1012kg) eruptions is of the order of 0.4 Mt a-1. At any time the instantaneous levels of sulphur in the stratosphere are dominated by the most recent (0-3 years) volcanic events. The flux calculations do not attempt to address this very short timescale variability. Although there are significant errors associated with the raw sulphur emission data on which this analysis is based, the approach presented is general and may be readily modified as the quantity and quality of the data improve. Data from a Greenland ice core support these conclusions. Integration of the sulphate signals from presumed volcanic sources recorded in the GISP2 core provides a minimum estimate of the 103-year volcanic SO2 flux to the stratosphere of 0.5-1 Mt a-1 over the past 9000 years. The short-term flux calculations do not account for the impact of rare, large events. The ice-core record does not fully account for the contribution from small, frequent events.
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Values of delta 13C in fumarolic gases from Sulphur Bank, the Puhimau thermal area, and a fumarole at Halemaumau have been determined for samples collected from June 1984 through December 1985. Samples from Sulphur Bank and Halemaumau have a delta 13C of -3.5 + or - 0.2per mille and show little change during this period. In contrast, the delta 13C of samples from the Puhimau thermal area increased from -3.5 to values of -2.7per mille at the end of the collection period. Applying an equilibrium fractionation factor of 1.004 for the 13C distribution between carbon dissolved in the magma and the CO2 gas in equilibrium with the magma resulted in a calculated primary delta 13C value of -7.5per mille for carbon dissolved in the Kilauea magma. The change of delta 13C at Puhimau can be the result of cooling of a pod of magma beneath Puhimau caused by the closure of its feeder passage from the main magma body.-Authors English
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During February 1978, 11 sampling flights were made in Guatemala through the eruption clouds from the volcanoes Pacaya, Fuego and Santiguito. Measurements were made of SO42-, SO2, HCl, HF, and 11 cations that were in water-soluble form, on samples collected by a specially designed filter pack. Particle size distributions were obtained and the particles were identified. Since most of the the sulfur was found to be in the form of SO2, the H2SO4 droplets resulting from major explosive eruptions must largely result from the reaction of SO2 with OH, at the same time depleting the atmosphere of OH. Each volcano was emitting 300-1500 metric tons of SO2 per day.- from Authors