Shallow Structure Of The Somma-Vesuvius Volcano From 3D Inversion Of Gravity Data

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Journal Article: Shallow Structure Of The Somma-Vesuvius Volcano From 3D Inversion Of Gravity Data

Abstract
A gravity investigation was carried out in the Somma-Vesuvius complex area (Campania, Italy) based on a dataset recently enlarged with new measurements. These cover the volcanic top and fill some other important spatial gaps in previous surveys. Besides the new gravity map of the Vesuvius, we also present the results of a 3D inverse modelling, carried out by using constraints from deep well exploration and seismic reflection surveys. The resulting density model provides a complete reconstruction of the top of the carbonate basement. This is relevant mostly on the western side of the survey area, where no significant information was previously available. Other new information regards the Somma-Vesuvius structure. It consists of an annular volume of rocks around the volcanic vent and that extends down to the carbonate basement. It results to be denser with respect to the surrounding sedimentary cover of the Campanian Plain and to the material located just along the central axis of the volcanic structure. The coherence between these features and other geophysical evidences from previous studies, will be discussed together with the other results of this research.

Authors 
Federico Cella, Maurizio Fedi, Giovanni Florio, Marino Grimaldi and Antonio Rapolla








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2007





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Citation

Federico Cella,Maurizio Fedi,Giovanni Florio,Marino Grimaldi,Antonio Rapolla. 2007. Shallow Structure Of The Somma-Vesuvius Volcano From 3D Inversion Of Gravity Data. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .