Objective 3: Putting all of the pieces together
|Locations of the recent lava flows at Axial volcano and our 3D survey area over the volcano's summit|
The 3rd objective of our study is to connect the new findings with the massive amount of existing studies! The suite of existing data, which includes continual monitoring of eruptions and earthquakes along with the monitoring of the locations of hydrothermal venting, gives a very detailed backdrop for this study.
By using 3D data, we can understand more intricate details of how melt fraction (objective 1) correlates where venting occurs.
By taking the detailed information of what is happening on the seafloor, and combining it with details about magma melt and chamber locations, we can gain understanding on how magma chamber properties relate to surface vents!
|Where is magma located beneath the different vents at the volcano? These older seismic lines gave us a first order understanding of the melt systems beneath Axial.|
There are a number or vents in the region of Axial volcano, by combining the 3D imagery with the existing studies we can see what type of chamber is under each vent.
However, even with all of our new 3D and 2D data collected from this survey, the story is far from over. The new data will provide with us new and better constrained insights into the magma systems and how they relate to recent and, possibly, future eruptions of ava at Axial Volcano.