Bulletin of Volcanology

, Volume 72, Issue 10, pp 1141–1152 | Cite as

Elastic source model of the North Mono eruption (1325–1368 A.D.) based on shoreline deformation

  • Wil Shaffer
  • Marcus Bursik
  • Carl Renshaw
Research Article


Topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) captures the permanent deformation of a prominent highstand of Mono Lake, California USA. Deformation of the Dechambeau Ranch highstand shoreline was measured using the elevation of the beach berm—shoreline bluff break-in-slope. Point source models and a boundary element dike model were used to approximate the source of deformation underneath the northern end of the Mono Craters. The point source model could not adequately explain the observed deformation. The dike model yielded the best results for a NW trending dike dipping 60° NE and inflated to widths greater than 60 m. The results suggest that the geometry of the source is more complex than a simple vertical dike and that the deformation is better explained with a dipping dike following a normal fault, or an elongated cryptodome.


North Mono eruption Mono-Inyo craters Mono Lake, California Deformation Uplift Shoreline Intrusion Dike Model Poly3D Mogi source Volcanotectonic 



This work was supported primarily by NASA grants NAG534142 and NNX08AF75G to study use of SRTM data in modeling volcanic phenomena. Funding from USGS 9ARRAV0030 was helpful in finalizing the work. The suggestions of reviewer Juan Manuel Espindola-C. and an anonymous reviewer are greatly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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