Geochronology Of The Most Recent Activity In The Sabatini Volcanic District, Roman Province, Central Italy

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Journal Article: Geochronology Of The Most Recent Activity In The Sabatini Volcanic District, Roman Province, Central Italy

Abstract
The presence of young, highly explosive volcanoes in the densely populated Roman area (central Italy), makes the evaluation of the long-term volcanic hazard a crucial point. The Sabatini Volcanic District (SVD), part of the potassic Quaternary Roman Province, extends over an area of 1800 km2 including the city of Rome. Here we report twenty-six new 40Ar/39Ar age analyses of pyroclastic and lava units in order to put time constraints on the most recent SVD eruptive activity (i.e. post-dating 400 ka), as a groundwork for a detailed reconstruction of the whole volcano-tectonic evolution. Integrated geochronological and field evidence shows that SVD volcanism maintained a typical areal character through the whole history: both effusive and explosive activity phases from different source areas and volcano-tectonic settings overlapped in time and space, while climactic phases migrated repeatedly through time. In particular, new geochronological data better constrain a climactic phase of activity at around 300 ka, related to the Bracciano volcano-tectonic depression and the Sacrofano caldera, and point out that the most recent eruptive activity in the SVD took place from time-space-clustered hydromagmatic centres at least up to 90 ka. In addition, we remark some parallelism among major activity phases in the SVD and the nearby districts of the Roman Province, with possible implications on Quaternary regional tectonics. Finally, new age data put constraints on tephrostratigraphic correlations through the Apennine Chain and the Adriatic Sea.

Authors 
G. Sottili, D. M. Palladino, F. Marra, B. Jicha, D. B. Karner and P. Renne








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2010





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Citation

G. Sottili,D. M. Palladino,F. Marra,B. Jicha,D. B. Karner,P. Renne. 2010. Geochronology Of The Most Recent Activity In The Sabatini Volcanic District, Roman Province, Central Italy. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .