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Multiphase flow above explosion sites in debris-filled volcanic vents: insights from analogue experiments


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Ross, Pierre-Simon; White, James D. L.; Zimanowski, Bernd et Büttner, Ralf (2008). Multiphase flow above explosion sites in debris-filled volcanic vents: insights from analogue experiments Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research , vol. 178 , nº 1. pp. 104-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.01.013.

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Discrete explosive bursts are known from many volcanic eruptions. In maar-diatreme eruptions, they have occurred in debris-filled volcanic vents when magma interacted with groundwater, implying that material mobilized by such explosions passed through the overlying and enclosing debris to reach the surface. Although other studies have addressed the form and characteristics of craters formed by discrete explosions in unconsolidated material, no details are available regarding the structure of the disturbed debris between the explosion site and the surface. Field studies of diatreme deposits reveal cross-cutting, steep-sided zones of non-bedded volcaniclastic material that have been inferred to result from sedimentation of material transported by "debris jets" driven by explosions. In order to determine the general processes and deposit geometry resulting from discrete, explosive injections of entrained particles through a particulate host, we ran a series of analogue experiments. Specific volumes of compressed (0.5-2.5 MPa) air were released in bursts that drove gas-particle dispersions through a granular host. The air expanded into and entrained coloured particles in a small crucible before moving upward into the host (white particles). Each burst drove into the host an expanding cavity containing air and coloured particles. Total duration of each run, recorded with high-speed video, was approximately 0.5-1 second. The coloured beads sedimented into the transient cavity. This same behaviour was observed even in runs where there was no breaching of the surface, and no coloured beads ejected. A steep-sided body of coloured beads was left that is similar to the cross-cutting pipes observed in deposits filling real volcanic vents, in which cavity collapse can result not only from gas escape through a granular host as in the experiments, but also through condensation of water vapour. A key conclusion from these experiments is that the geometry of cross-cutting volcaniclastic deposits in volcanic vents is not directly informative of the geometry of the "intrusions" that formed them. An additional conclusion is that complex structures can form quickly from discrete events.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: écoulement polyphasique; explosion; débris; volcan
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 16 janv. 2014 15:14
Dernière modification: 11 janv. 2017 20:53
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/1902

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