Magneto-seismic interpretation of subsurface volcanism in the Gaeta Gulf (Italy, Tyrrhenian Sea)

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G. de Alteriis
M. Fedi
S. Passaro
A. Siniscalchi


The occurrence of a former subaerial volcanic edifice off the Volturno River (Tyrrhenian Sea, Gulf of Gaeta) in the
41°N parallel is suggested by joint interpretation of multichannel seismic lines and ship-borne magnetic data. In
the Campanian region igneous (volcanic) rocks are very close to the carbonate Mesozoic basement and seismics
cannot always discriminate between them. A joint seismic-magnetic analysis was very effective in assessing the
lithological nature of the bodies evidenced by both geophysical methods. Distortion analysis showed that the main
magnetic source in the area is characterised by a not normal-polarity direction of the magnetization, similar to other
Pleistocene volcanoes in the Tyrrhenian region. Hence we argued that the overall magmatic emplacement for this
source occurred during a reverse-polarity chron, very likely the 0.78-1.78 Ma time span. This magnetically-derived
time constraint is in agreement with seismic stratigraphy that shows that the entire volcano is sealed by the Volturno
River prograding delta from Middle Pleistocene to Present in age. Our interpreted volcano belongs to a set of inferred
onshore and offshore volcanic edifices all lying along the 41°N parallel

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de Alteriis, G., Fedi, M., Passaro, S. and Siniscalchi, A. (2006) “Magneto-seismic interpretation of subsurface volcanism in the Gaeta Gulf (Italy, Tyrrhenian Sea)”, Annals of Geophysics, 49(4-5). doi: 10.4401/ag-3106.

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