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Report on Campi Flegrei (Italy) — November 1997

Campi Flegrei

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 22, no. 11 (November 1997)
Managing Editor: Richard Wunderman.

Campi Flegrei (Italy) Increase in sulfate concentrations and fumarole temperatures

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1997. Report on Campi Flegrei (Italy) (Wunderman, R., ed.). Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 22:11. Smithsonian Institution.

Campi Flegrei


40.827°N, 14.139°E; summit elev. 458 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

Since the ground upheaval events of 1982-84, systematic geochemical surveillance has been performed at Campi Flegrei. Fumarolic gases, crater lakes, and thermal springs have been monitored; since 1984, no significant physical or chemical changes have occurred.

However, two characteristics showed a statistically significant change; the temperature in the Bocca Grande fumarole increased (figure 19) and the sulfate concentration in crater lakes and thermal springs increased sharply during 1995-97 (figure 20). These increases may have resulted from a perturbation in the area caused by increased permeability; thus the interaction of confined, hot, sulfate-rich aquifers may have increased.

Figure (see Caption) Figure 19. Temperature of Bocca Grande fumarole at Campi Flegrei during 1988-97. Courtesy of M. Martini.
Figure (see Caption) Figure 20. Sulfate concentration in crater lakes and thermal springs at Campi Flegrei, 1988-97. Courtesy of M. Martini.

Geological Summary. Campi Flegrei is a large 13-km-wide caldera on the outskirts of Naples that contains numerous phreatic tuff rings and pyroclastic cones. The caldera margins are poorly defined, and on the south lie beneath the Gulf of Pozzuoli. Episodes of dramatic uplift and subsidence within the dominantly trachytic caldera have occurred since Roman times. The earliest known eruptive products are dated 47,000 yrs BP. The caldera formed following two large explosive eruptions, the massive Campanian ignimbrite about 36,000 BP, and the over 40 km3 Neapolitan Yellow Tuff (NYT) about 15,000 BP. Following eruption of the NYT a large number of eruptions have taken place from widely scattered subaerial and submarine vents. Most activity occurred during three intervals: 15,000-9500, 8600-8200, and 4800-3800 BP. Two eruptions have occurred in historical time, one in 1158 at Solfatara and the other in 1538 that formed the Monte Nuovo cinder cone.

Information Contacts: Marino Martini, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze, Via La Pira 4, 50125, Firenze, Italy.