Nature Communications (Oct 2017)

The effect of giant lateral collapses on magma pathways and the location of volcanism

  • Francesco Maccaferri,
  • Nicole Richter,
  • Thomas R. Walter

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 8, no. 1
pp. 1 – 11


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Flank instability and lateral collapse are a potential hazard at volcanic edifices. Here, the authors use numerical simulations to show that at Fogo volcano, lateral collapse can trigger a significant deflection of magma pathways in the crust, demonstrating how volcanic edifices may evolve.