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The 1538 Monte Nuovo eruption (Campi Flegrei, Italy)


On 29 September 1538 a week-long eruption began in Campi Flegrei forming a new volcano, Monte Nuovo. From contemporary accounts of the eruption, it has been possible to reconstruct the main phases of activity. These phases may be correlated with different depositional units identified in the field. The eruption opened with a hydromagmatic phase, during which a large amount of external water (meteoric or sea water) was able to interact with the magma. The exhaustion of the water supply and decrease in volatile content initiated a change in the dynamic conditions of eruption, which became more purely magmatic in character and less explosive.

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Di Vito, M., Lirer, L., Mastrolorenzo, G. et al. The 1538 Monte Nuovo eruption (Campi Flegrei, Italy). Bull Volcanol 49, 608–615 (1987).

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  • Explosive
  • Water Supply
  • Dynamic Condition
  • Sedimentology
  • Main Phase