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Characteristics and morphological evolution of the Aeolian volcanoes from the study of submarine portions

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Claudia Romagnoli
Claudia Romagnoli
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

The seven Aeolian Islands exist in much greater volumes below sea level than above sea level; study of the submarine portions is therefore fundamental for a better understanding of the development of volcanism in the area, tectonic control from the regional structural setting and the morphological evolution of volcanic edifices. The interplay between destructive processes (marine erosion, mass-wasting and flank instability) and constructive processes in the growth and evolution of the Aeolian volcanoes is discussed based on a study of their present-day morphology. In particular, the distribution and characteristics of insular shelves in the shallow-water sectors of volcanic edifices are compared and discussed, considering that variable geological/local factors combined with sea-level fluctuations controlled the development and morphology of these features. It is proposed that submerged shelves may furnish relative chronological constraints for the development of the Aeolian volcanoes, enhancing present knowledge which is mostly based on subaerial portions.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

The Aeolian Islands Volcanoes

F. Lucchi
F. Lucchi
University of Bologna, Italy
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A. Peccerillo
A. Peccerillo
University of Perugia, Italy
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J. Keller
J. Keller
University Freiburg, Germany
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C. A. Tranne
C. A. Tranne
University of Bologna, Italy
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P. L. Rossi
P. L. Rossi
University of Bologna, Italy
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Geological Society of London
Volume
37
ISBN electronic:
9781862396371
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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