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Volcanology of the Southwestern sector of Vesuvius volcano, Italy

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posted on 27.10.2016 by Annarita Paolillo, Claudia Principe, Marina Bisson, Roberto Gianardi, Daniele Giordano, Sonia La Felice

Here we present a new volcanological map of the Southwestern portion of the Vesuvius volcano at a scale of 1:10,000. Mapped units were subdivided into Unconformity-Bounded Stratigraphic Units. This work constitutes a significant development with respect to previous maps, particularly for the medieval lavas. It also includes a series of volcanic–tectonic lineaments, which have never been reported in any of the previous cartographic works. Archeological and historical data were used for mapping the lava emitted during the last 2000 years. All the historical lava flow paths and tephra deposits of the last 4000 years that were reported on the map and evidence the intimate relationship between volcanological and morphological features, and the development of human activity on this very densely populated sector of the volcano.


Field survey was carried out between 2009 and 2013, and was partially funded by the Italy-Spain project n.2010It0037, between CNR-IGG and CSIC-Barcelona. Partial funding to CP derives from VEGEO project by the Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio. DG acknowledges the financial support of RYC-MICINN program from the Spanish Direction General de Investigation. Prof. Giuseppe Luongo (University of Naples ‘Federico II’), Ing. Pietro Costabile (Associazione Architetti ed Ingegneri Torresi), and Prof. Ugo Leone (President of the National Park of Vesuvius) are acknowledged for strongly encouraging this cartographic project