Arafin S., 2005. Three-dimensional gravity modeling of a trinidad mud volcano, West
Indies. Exploration Geophysics 36, 329–333.
The violent eruption of the Piparo mud volcano, Trinidad,
in February 1997 demonstrated its destructive capability by
completely burying 16 houses and a number of livestock under a
5 m thick mud pile. Unlike magmatic volcanoes, mud volcanoes
involve very low energy, making geophysical methods such as
seismology unsuitable for monitoring. Three-dimensional gravity
modelling over the Tabaquite mud volcano suggests the presence
of a large density contrast (–0.70 t.m-3). The density contrast
being large and dynamic (i.e., it is absent at recently active mud
volcanoes like Piparo) makes the gravity method a potential tool
for monitoring mud volcanoes.