Chronology and dynamics of a large silicic magmatic system: central Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

B. F. Houghton, C. J.N. Wilson, M. O. McWilliams, M. A. Lanphere, S. D. Weaver, R. M. Briggs, M. S. Pringle

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Abstract

At least 34 caldera-forming ignimbrite eruptions have produced a complex sequence of relatively short-lived, nested, and/or overlapping volcanic centers over 1.6 m.y. Silicic volcanism at Taupo is similar to the Yellowstone system in size, longevity, thermal flux, and magma output rate. However, Taupo contrasts with Yellowstone in the exceptionally high frequency, but small size, of caldera-forming eruptions. This contrast reflects the thin, rifted nature of the crust, which precludes the development of long-term magmatic cycles at Taupo. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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