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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences The Open University

Summary: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Open University
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Tel 01908 652889 Fax 01908 655151
Email Earth-Sciences-PhD-Enquiries@open.ac.uk
Web page http://www.open.ac.uk/science/earthsciences/home.php?
Magma Rise Times Beneath Erupting Volcanoes
Dr Steve Blake, Dr Ian Parkinson and Dr Mahesh Anand
Fieldwork on Lanzarote (Canary Islands) and in the Western USA
Use state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation
Produce new models of magma transport rates and processes of use to volcano monitoring and
igneous petrology
Training in numerical modelling
One goal of Earth Science is to predict hazardous events such as volcanic eruptions. Warning can come
from geophysical signals that accompany or trigger subsurface magma rise. However, there are several
dormant volcanic fields located in or near populated areas such as the Massif Central (France), west Eifel
(Germany), Auckland (New Zealand), Lanzarote, and western Victoria (Australia) for which the form and
duration of anomalous geophysical activity before an eruption are unknown. Geological evidence indicates
that these magmas travel directly from the mantle to the surface, but there is great uncertainty about how
long the magmas take on this journey and how quickly dykes propagate from depth. This project will


Source: Anand, Mahesh - Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research, Department of Earth Sciences, Open University


Collections: Geosciences