2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia (19–22 October 2014)

Paper No. 232-4
Presentation Time: 9:45 AM

WIDESPREAD GRAVITY CHANGES AT LAGUNA DEL MAULE, CHILE, ACCOMPANYING RAPID UPLIFT


MILLER, Craig A., Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada, WILLIAMS-JONES, Glyn, Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A1S6, Canada, LE MÉVEL, Hélène, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Weeks Hall, 1215 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53706 and TIKOFF, Basil, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin, 1215 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53706, cam32@sfu.ca

Laguna Del Maule (LdM), located on the Andes range crest in central Chile, is one of the most active rhyolite volcanic fields on Earth with 36 post glacial rhyolitic eruptions. Since 2007, LdM has accumulated over 1.8 m of uplift at rates of up to 300 mm per year. We hypothesize that this rapid uplift results from the injection of basaltic magma into the base of a rhyolite chamber. To test this hypothesis we established a 35 station dynamic gravity and differential GPS network around the lake in April 2013. We resurveyed the network in January 2014 and recorded a 0.134 ± 0.030 mGal residual gravity change (Δg) accompanied by 281 ± 13 mm of uplift over the 10 month period. Statistical tests show that the results of the 2013 and 2014 surveys are different at p < 0.01. The Δg anomaly occupies an area of 5 km x 10 km, oriented E/W, and centred in the south eastern part of the lake, and is coincident with the area of maximum uplift. Gaussian integration of Δg yields an excess mass of ~1.2 x 1011 kg. Assuming a density of 2700 kg/m3 this results in a volume of around 0.044 km3. In the 10 month time interval between surveys the calculated volume change rate was 41 ± 1 m3/s.

Gravity / height change (Δg/Δh) relationships suggest that the system has increased in mass and density. We will discuss modelling of the Δh and Δg data to explore the geometry and physical parameters of the mass and pressure source.

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