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The largest deep-ocean silicic volcanic eruption of the past century
Carey, R.; Soule, S.A.; Manga, M.; White, J.D.L.; McPhie, J.; Wysoczanski, R.; Jutzeler, M.; Tani, K.; Yoerger, D.R.; Fornari, D.; Caratori-Tontini, F.; Houghton, B.; Mitchell, S.; Ikegami, F.; Conway, C.; Murch, A.; Fauria, K.; Jones, M.; Cahalan, R.; McKenzie, W. (2018). The largest deep-ocean silicic volcanic eruption of the past century. Science Advances 4(1): e1701121. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1126/sciadv.1701121
In: Science Advances. AAAS: New York. ISSN 2375-2548, more
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  • Carey, R.
  • Soule, S.A.
  • Manga, M.
  • White, J.D.L.
  • McPhie, J.
  • Wysoczanski, R.
  • Jutzeler, M.
  • Tani, K.
  • Yoerger, D.R.
  • Fornari, D.
  • Caratori-Tontini, F.
  • Houghton, B.
  • Mitchell, S.
  • Ikegami, F.
  • Conway, C.
  • Murch, A.
  • Fauria, K.
  • Jones, M.
  • Cahalan, R.
  • McKenzie, W.

Abstract
    The 2012 submarine eruption of Havre volcano in the Kermadec arc, New Zealand, is the largest deep-ocean eruption in history and one of very few recorded submarine eruptions involving rhyolite magma. It was recognized from a gigantic 400-km2 pumice raft seen in satellite imagery, but the complexity of this event was concealed beneath the sea surface. Mapping, observations, and sampling by submersibles have provided an exceptionally high fidelity record of the seafloor products, which included lava sourced from 14 vents at water depths of 900 to 1220 m, and fragmental deposits including giant pumice clasts up to 9 m in diameter. Most (>75%) of the total erupted volume was partitioned into the pumice raft and transported far from the volcano. The geological record on submarine volcanic edifices in volcanic arcs does not faithfully archive eruption size or magma production.

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