Arafin S.

Three-dimensional gravity modelling of a Trinidad mud volcano, West Indies

Arafin S., 2005. Three-dimensional gravity modeling of a trinidad mud volcano, West
Indies. Exploration Geophysics 36, 329–333.

Abstract: 
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.
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