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Drilling of two submarine mud domes situated in the Olimpi field on the northern flank of the Mediterranean Ridge accretionary complex has documented episodic eruptive activity over the last 1 to >1.5 Ma. Mud extrusion is related to plate convergence between Africa and Eurasia, having caused backthrust faulting of accreted strata containing overpressured mud at depth. The domes mainly consist of mud breccia with up to 65% of polymictic clasts embedded in a clayey matrix. On the basis of modifications of Poiseuille’s and Stokes’ laws, mud extrusion rates were calculated for Milano and Napoli mud domes. Mud ascent velocities...

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