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5 - Volcanotectonic Processes

Summary

One principal aim of volcanotectonic studies is to provide a theoretical framework that makes it possible to make reliable deterministic or probabilistic forecasts of volcanotectonic events. These events, in turn, depend on volcanotectonic processes inside the volcanoes. In the previous chapters we have discussed some of the main observational aspects of volcanotectonics, both geological and geophysical, and defined several of the basic concepts. In order to bring into focus those field observations that are useful for understanding the main processes leading to eruptions, vertical or lateral collapses, and related events, we need to know the basic physics that controls the processes. Here we provide an overview of some principal processes that control volcanotectonic events, emphasising elementary physics, particularly mechanics, and the quantitative aspects of volcanotectonics. Many of these processes are elaborated in later chapters.

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