Interpretation Of Gravity And Magnetic Data In The Phlegraean Fields Geothermal Area, Naples, Italy

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Journal Article: Interpretation Of Gravity And Magnetic Data In The Phlegraean Fields Geothermal Area, Naples, Italy

Abstract
Available gravity and magnetic data of the Phlegraean Fields geothermal area, Naples, Italy, have been interpreted and the obtained structural models discussed in the light of the other available geological, volcanological and geophysical data. On the basis of the results of a previous seismic reflection survey in the Gulf of Naples and in the Pozzuoli Bay, which delineated a basement characterized by a seismic velocity of 4-6 km/s, it has been possible to evaluate the gravity anomaly connected with the morphology of this horizon (ρ = 2.7 g/cm3). The residual anomaly map, obtained after subtraction of the regional long-wavelength components relative to mantle and deep crustal structures and the computed components relative to the above-mentioned seismic basement, shows up as a circular low with an amplitude of 10 mgal centred in the Pozzuoli Bay. This gravity low has been interpreted as due to the occurrence, in the centre of Pozzuoli Bay, of light (Δρ = -0.2 g/cm3) material with a maximum thickness of about 2 km. However, a contribution to the anomaly due to a narrow magmatic body intruded in the basement, as suggested by volcanological and ground deformation data, cannot be excluded. The aeromagnetic map of the Phlegraean Fields is characterized by three main anomalies which have been fitted by superficial tridimensional parallelepipedic bodies, schematically representing lava flows and domes. Their anomalies have been subsequently subtracted from the observed field, obtaining as a residual a large anomaly centred in the southwestern area of the Pozzuoli Bay. It has been interpreted as being due to a lowmagnetized body which, taking into account the thermal state of the area, should represent that part of the pyroclastic sequence which has lost part of its magnetization by thermo-chemical alteration.

Authors 
C. Nunziata and A. Rapolla








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 1981





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Citation

C. Nunziata,A. Rapolla. 1981. Interpretation Of Gravity And Magnetic Data In The Phlegraean Fields Geothermal Area, Naples, Italy. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .