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Morphology of Lipari offshore (Southern Tyrrhenian Sea)

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posted on 25.11.2015 by D. Casalbore, A. Bosman, C. Romagnoli, M. Di Filippo, F.L. Chiocci

High-resolution multibeam bathymetry was recently collected around Lipari, the largest and most densely populated island of the Aeolian Archipelago (Southern Tyrrhenian Sea). The data were acquired within the context of marine geological studies performed in the area over the last 10 years. We present the first detailed morphological map of the Lipari offshore at 1:100,000 scale (Main Map). A rugged morphology characterizes the submarine portions of Lipari volcano, reflecting both volcanic and erosive-depositional processes. The volcanic features include cones, lava flows and bedrock outcrops. Erosive-depositional features include an insular shelf topped by submarine depositional terraces related to Late-Quaternary sea-level fluctuations, as well as landslide scars, channelized features, fan-shaped deposits and wavy bedforms. The different distribution of volcanic and erosive-depositional features on the various sectors of Lipari is mainly related to the older age of the western flank with respect to the eastern one. The map also provides insights for a first marine geohazard assessment of this active volcanic area.