Flow behaviour in the intra-caldera setting: an AMS study of the large (>1290 km3) Permian Ora ignimbrite

Madelaine A W Willcock, Massimo Mattei, Pavlina Hasalova, Guido Giordano, Ray A F Cas, Corrado Morelli

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Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) data reveal heterogeneous pyroclastic flow processes and variable flow directions within the intra-caldera setting of the Permian rhyolitic welded Ora ignimbrite. Magnetic fabric is primary, orientated during the pyroclastic flow emplacement, and is controlled by paramagnetic and ferromagnetic mineral phases. The ignimbrite has typically weak mean magnetic susceptibilities (1.32-21.8×10-4 SI) but with a large spread and low anisotropy degrees (1.003-1.023), which vary in different parts of the caldera. The intra-caldera magnetic fabric provides significant information on the dynamics of the intra-caldera setting, relating to changing vertical and lateral flow emplacement processes. AMS shape ellipsoids range from oblate to prolate; these are interpreted to reflect the heterogeneous nature of the flow resulting from the influence of underlying topography, constraints of the caldera walls, primary welding and post-emplacement mineral growth. We have identified different depositional units and possible eruptive source regions, indicating that more than one source fissure vent was active during eruption within this caldera system. The lateral variations demonstrate a meandering of flow pulses. The caldera margin acts as an obstacle in preventing and rebuffing certain flows from scaling the caldera margin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-204
Number of pages28
JournalGeological Society Special Publications
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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