Plumbing Systems of Shallow Level Intrusive Complexes

  • Dougal A. JerramEmail author
  • Scott E. Bryan
Part of the Advances in Volcanology book series (VOLCAN)


We have come a long way from simple straw and balloon models of magma plumbing systems to a more detailed picture of shallow level intrusive complexes. In this chapter, the sub-volcanic plumbing systems is considered in terms of how we can define the types and styles of magma networks from the deep to the shallow subsurface. We look at the plumbing system from large igneous provinces, through rifted systems to polygenetic volcanoes, with a view to characterising some of the key conceptual models. There is a focus on how ancient magmatic centres can help us better understand magmatic plumbing. New innovative ways to consider and quantify magma plumbing are also highlighted including 3D seismic, and using the crystal cargo to help fingerprint key magma plumbing events. Conclusions are drawn to our understanding of the 3D plumbing system and how these recent advances can be helpful when exploring the other chapters of this contribution.



We thank Olivier Bachmann and Sergio Rocchi for constructive reviews of the manuscript. This work was partly supported by the Research Council of Norway through its Centres of Excellence funding scheme, project number 223272. We would also like to thank authors of other contributions to this book for early access to their papers and discussions on aspects of this manuscript. The countless discussions with many colleagues and the LASI conferences and trips over the years that have fuelled our interest in magmatic plumbing, have gone some way to help shape our thoughts and indeed drive our conceptual ideas presented in this contribution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED)University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.DougalEARTH ltd.SolihullUK
  3. 3.School of Earth, Environmental and Biological SciencesQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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