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  Density muon radiography of La Soufriere of Guadeloupe volcano: comparison with geological, electrical resistivity and gravity data

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Geophysical Journal International, Volume 190, Issue 2 (2012)

ISBN:

0956-540X

URL:

http://gji.oxfordjournals.org/content/190/2/1008

Keywords:

UMR 7154 ; Dynamique des Fluides Géologiques ; Tomography ; Gravity anomalies and Earth structure ; Electrical properties ; Hydrothermal systems ; Volcano monitoring ; Volcanic hazards and risks

Abstract:

Density muon radiography is a new method to determine the average density of geological bodies by measuring the attenuation produced by rocks on the flux of cosmic muons. We present such density radiographies obtained for the Soufrière of Guadeloupe lava dome, both in the north–south and east–west planes. These radiographies reveal the highly heterogeneous density structure of the volcano, with low-density regions corresponding to recognized hydrothermally altered areas. The main structures observed in the density radiographies correlate with anomalies in electrical resistivity cross-sections and a density model obtained from gravity data.

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