Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 176, Issue 8, pp 3467–3485 | Cite as

Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Temperature and Gaseous Emission Inside a Gallery in An Active Volcanic Island (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

  • Pedro Torres-GonzálezEmail author
  • David Moure-García
  • Natividad Luengo-Oroz
  • Víctor Villasante-Marcos
  • Vicente Soler
  • Ilazkiñe Iribarren
  • Ana Jiménez-Abizanda
  • José García-Fraga


In Tenerife there are a vast number of sub-horizontal blind water mines, called “galleries”. Seven air and soil temperatures and CO2 concentration profiles in air were carried out inside the Río de Guía gallery (hereinafter RdG). An anomalous stable maximum temperature point (hereinafter MTP) was found around 2000 m from the entrance. During the warm period, a clear CO2 stagnation was detected before MTP, showing concentrations up to 14,000 ppm. In order to study gas emission and its dynamics inside the gallery, four stations were deployed around MTP. All stations recorded air and soil temperatures, and CO2 and Rn concentration in air from November 2009 to January 2011. After analyzing this dataset, it was possible to characterize the influence of MTP. This thermal anomaly divided the gallery into two sections. In the cold period, the outer section located outwards from MTP became colder while the inner section warmed up owing to a less heat transfer into the deepest part of the gallery. There were several short periods when variations in barometric pressure created an advection movement that was able to temporally change the gas behavior inside the gallery. Two soil gas samples were taken around MTP and their δ13C (CO2) ratios suggested a magmatic origin. All data were combined to create a model for the gas and thermal dynamics inside the gallery. This model, together with identification of background levels in each parameter, allows to identify any anomalous signal that could be elated with changes in volcanic activity.


Thermal anomaly gallery Tenerife radon CO2 and temperature profiles volcano monitoring 



The authors wish to thank the staff of the Centro Geofísico de Canarias for their excellent work and support during this field work. This study was funded by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (Ministerio de Fomento, Spanish Government).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro Torres-González
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Moure-García
    • 1
  • Natividad Luengo-Oroz
    • 1
  • Víctor Villasante-Marcos
    • 2
  • Vicente Soler
    • 3
  • Ilazkiñe Iribarren
    • 1
  • Ana Jiménez-Abizanda
    • 4
  • José García-Fraga
    • 4
  1. 1.Instituto Geográfico Nacional, Centro Geofísico de CanariasSanta Cruz de TenerifeSpain
  2. 2.Instituto Geográfico Nacional, Observatorio Geofísico CentralMadridSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología CSIC, Estación Volcanológica de CanariasSan Cristóbal de La LagunaSpain
  4. 4.Departamento Química (UD Química Analítica)Universidad de La Laguna, Facultad de CienciasSan Cristóbal de La LagunaSpain

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