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Experimental Petrology


Sector ERC

PE10_5 - Geology, tectonics, volcanology


Research activity:
In order to evaluate the dynamics of storage, transport to the surface and ascent dynamics of a magma as well as the eruptive style to surface it is necessary to know the thermodynamic conditions (P, T, phase equilibria relationships) of magmas at equilibrium and disequilibrium stage within the Earth crust. Such a knowledge requires experimental petrology studies to be carried on between 0 and 5 kbars and the necessity to build up the adequate experimental devices. IN recent years at the GeomatLab – Unito and thanks to the collaboration with the IGc (Istituto de Geociencias) – USP (Universidade de Sao Paulo) ed the Earth Sciences department of the UniRoma 1 it has been possible to implement new instrumentation due to investigate the petrochemical evolution of magmas of interest for the volcanology.



- CNR – Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, Sez. Pisa (Dr. C. Principe; Dr. Sonia La Felice) (Associatura scientifica);

- INGV - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sez. Pisa (M. Favalli; P. Papale) )(Associatura scientifica);

- USP (Universidade de São Paulo) - Instituto de Geociências (IGc), Sao Paulo, Brazil (Prof. V. de Assis Janasi; Dr L. A. Polo);

- Università La Sapienza di Roma – Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (Prof. Gaeta; Prof Mollo);

- Università degli studi di Pisa - Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (Prof. Matteo Masotta);




De Cristofaro, S.P, Arzilli, F., Giordano, D., Polo, L., Janasi, V., Fanara, S., Burton, M., Polacci, M., González-García, D. & Masotta, M. (2019). Pre-eruptive and syn-eruptive conditions of Caxias do Sul silicic magmas (Paraná Magmatic Province, Brazil): Crystallisation kinetics of dacitic melts. Joint Congress SIMP-SGI-SoGeI, Parma, Italy (submitted).

González-García, D., Vetere, F., Behrens, H., Petrelli, M., Morgavi, D., & Perugini, D. (2019). Interdiffusion of major elements at atmospheric pressure between natural shoshonitic and rhyolitic melts. American Mineralogist.

Polo L.A., Giordano D., Janasi V., Freitas-Guiaraes L. (2018). Effusive silicic volcanism in in the Paraná Magmatic Province, South Brazil: Physico-chemical conditions of storage and eruption and considerations on the rheological behaviour during emplacement.  J. Volcanol. Geoth. Res. 355, 115 - 135.

Giordano D., La Felice S., Arzilli F., De Cristofaro S.P., Masotta M., Polo L. (2017). Il vulcanismo effusivo acido del Monte Amiata: stima delle condizioni pre-eruttive ed implicazioni vulcanologiche. Effusive acidic volcanism of Monte Amiata: estimates of pre- and syn-eruptive conditions and volcanological implications. Capitolo monografia Amiata.

Arzilli F, Polacci M, Baker DR, Landi P, Giordano D, Mancini L. (2016). A new tool for resolving crystal feldspars phases in X-ray microtomographic images of crystallized natural magmas and synthetic analogues. Am. Mineral. 101, 2301 – 2311



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