Soriano, C. Giordano, G. (2019) The importance of exhumed systems in understanding submarine volcanic processesand deposit facies (the example of the Neogene Cabo de Gata volcanic arc, (Spain), Memorie descrittive della Carta Geologica d'Italia, 104, pp.21-40. ISBN: 978-88-9311-074-7


Most of what we know about volcanic seamounts in the Mediterranean region derives fromtheir morphology, a limited number of direct observations, scattered sampling of their surfacedeposits and geophysical data where available. Theunderstanding of the type of submarine eruptivestyles and processes, as well as the associated masswasting processes, instead largely relies on observa-tions of exhumed volcanic systems, wherein we canstudy a wealth of different rock types and facies ar-chitectures. In this brief contribution we summarizeten years of field studies in the Neogene Cabo deGata volcanic arc (Spain), which is a very well exposed, large sections of a submerged to emergentcluster of basaltic andesite to rhyolitic stratovolca-noes. Cabo de Gata provides a unique opportunityto understand processes associated with thepresently submerged seamounts of the Tyrrhenianregion described in this Atlas

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