Abstract:

A new method for estimating the duration of a mud volcano eruption is applied to the LUSI mud volcano in East Java. The estimate is based upon carbonates at depths in the range 2500–3500 m being the water source, with an estimated area of 100–600 km2, thickness of 0.2–1.0 km, porosity of 0.15–0.25, an initial pressure between 13.9 and 17.6 MPa, and a separate, shallower source of mud (c. 1200–1800 m depth). The resulting 50 percentile for the time it takes for flow to decline to <0.1 Ml day−1 is 26 years. By analogy with natural mud volcanoes it can be expected to continue to flow at lower rates for thousands of years. Assuming subsidence rates of between 1 and 5 cm day−1, land surface subsidence of between c. 95 and c. 475 m can be expected to develop within the 26 year time period.

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