A new volcanic chronometer developed by the PVRG group
How long is the interval between the trigger for a volcanic eruption and the eruption itself? A new study by PVRG indicates that compositional variations in erupted Magmas can answer this question.
A research team composed by Professor Diego Perugini (PVRG group @ the University of Perugia – Italy), Professor Cristina de Campos (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences @ LMU – Germany), Maurizio Petrelli (PVRG group @ the University of Perugia – Italy), and Professor Donald Dingwell (Director of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences @ LMU – Germany) and has now developed a new volcanic chronometer which, for the first time, allows one to estimate the time that has elapsed between the initial mixing event and the subsequent eruption. The technique has obvious application to ongoing efforts to enhance the forecasting of volcanic eruptions, as the authors demonstrate in their paper, which appears in “Nature Scientific Reports”.