Journal of Volcanology and Seismology

, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp 356–363 | Cite as

A physicochemical model for deep degassing of water-rich magma

  • A. P. Maksimov


Two powerful eruptions of Quizapu vent on Cerro Azul Volcano, Chile are used as examples to discuss the problem of effusive eruptions of magmas having high preeruptive volatile concentrations. A physicochemical mechanism is proposed for magma degassing, with the volatiles being lost before coming to the surface. The model is based on the interaction of magmas residing in chambers at different depths and on the difference between the solubility of water in the melt and the water equilibrium concentration in a magma body having a considerable vertical extent. The shallower chamber can accumulate the volatiles released from the magma that is supplied from the deeper chamber. An explanation is provided of the dramatic differences in the character of the 1846–1847 and 1932 eruptions, which had identical chemical-petrographic magma compositions.


Magma Chamber Basaltic Andesite Silicic Magma Basic Magma Plinian Eruption 
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  • A. P. Maksimov
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  1. 1.Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Far East DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesPetropavlovsk-KamchatskiiRussia

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