Volcanic flows

J. H. Fink, Amanda Clarke

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In this chapter, we use a fluids perspective to survey the life cycle of magma (molten rock) from its origin at depth to its ascent through volcanic conduits, its eruption into the atmosphere, and its flow across the Earth’s surface. Each of these stages involves strong gradients in temperature, pressure, chemical composition, and rheology, leading to a dizzying number of variables and highly complex boundary conditions. Geologists must simplify these systems in their analytical and numerical models, in order to come up with useful relationships that can help determine the beginning, end, and intensity of eruptions. Here we describe a sampling of this fascinating set of behaviors, organized into three sections: (1) What happens at depth where magma forms, mobilizes, and rises to the surface, (2) what takes place when gas-rich magma erupts explosively, and (3) what occurs during relatively quiet effusive eruptions that produce lava flows and domes (Figure 16.2). In each section, we begin with a description of the geologic phenomena, then outline the relevant physical processes, and end with a few specific examples of how knowledge of fluid dynamics can help us interpret the geologic record and predict transitions in eruption style.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Volume One
Subtitle of host publicationOverview and Fundamentals
PublisherCRC Press
Pages189-206
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781439816707
ISBN (Print)9781439816691
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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volcanic eruption
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Domes
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Rheology
Molten materials
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Earth (planet)
Rocks
Boundary conditions
Sampling
lava dome
Fluids
ascent
fluid dynamics
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Fink, J. H., & Clarke, A. (2012). Volcanic flows. In Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Volume One: Overview and Fundamentals (pp. 189-206). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/b14241

Volcanic flows. / Fink, J. H.; Clarke, Amanda.

Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Volume One: Overview and Fundamentals. CRC Press, 2012. p. 189-206.

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Fink, JH & Clarke, A 2012, Volcanic flows. in Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Volume One: Overview and Fundamentals. CRC Press, pp. 189-206. https://doi.org/10.1201/b14241
Fink JH, Clarke A. Volcanic flows. In Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Volume One: Overview and Fundamentals. CRC Press. 2012. p. 189-206 https://doi.org/10.1201/b14241
Fink, J. H. ; Clarke, Amanda. / Volcanic flows. Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Volume One: Overview and Fundamentals. CRC Press, 2012. pp. 189-206
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