The Ischia Volcanic Island (Southern Italy)- Inferences From Potential Field Data Interpretation

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Journal Article: The Ischia Volcanic Island (Southern Italy)- Inferences From Potential Field Data Interpretation

Abstract
In this paper we present a study of the structural setting of the volcanic island of Ischia by the analysis and interpretation of high-resolution aeromagnetic and self-potential data recently acquired over the island. The magnetic data allowed us to locate the main anomaly sources and lineaments of the island and its offshore surroundings, while the self-potential (SP) data provided information on both the structural pattern of the resurgent caldera and the high-temperature fluid circulation. An inversion of the acquired magnetic and SP data, and a joint modelling of the magnetic data and of a previous gravity data set along a SW-NE profile allowed us to build a model of the island. The model is characterized by the presence of an igneous-very likely trachytic-structure, whose top is located at 1200-1750 m b.s.l. Such a body, possibly formed by several neighbouring intrusions, has a density contrast with the pyroclastic cover of about 0.4 gr/cm3 and its central-western part, below Mt. Epomeo, seems to be demagnetized. The demagnetization should be connected to the high geothermal gradient measured in this portion of the island and may be due to hydro-chemical alteration processes and/or to the possible presence of partially melted spots within the intrusion. Our outcome is consistent with the results of previous geophysical, geo-volcanological and geothermal studies.

Authors 
V. Paoletti, R. Di Maio, F. Cella, G. Florio, K. Motschka, N. Roberti, M. Secomandi, R. Supper, M. Fedi and A. Rapolla








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2009





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Citation

V. Paoletti,R. Di Maio,F. Cella,G. Florio,K. Motschka,N. Roberti,M. Secomandi,R. Supper,M. Fedi,A. Rapolla. 2009. The Ischia Volcanic Island (Southern Italy)- Inferences From Potential Field Data Interpretation. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .