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Active Volcanoes of the Southwest Indian Ocean

Piton de la Fournaise and Karthala

  • Patrick Bachelery
  • Jean-François Lenat
  • Andrea Di Muro
  • Laurent Michon

Part of the Active Volcanoes of the World book series (AVOLCAN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Piton de la Fournaise Volcano

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jean-François Lénat
      Pages 23-30
    3. Jean-François Lénat
      Pages 31-44
    4. Laurent Michon, Jean-François Lénat, Patrick Bachèlery, Andrea Di Muro
      Pages 45-59
    5. Jean-Lambert Join, Jean-Luc Folio, Anli Bourhane, Jean-Christophe Comte
      Pages 61-70
    6. Nathalie Babonneau, Nicolas Villeneuve, Aude Mazuel, Patrick Bachèlery
      Pages 71-90
    7. Laurent Michon, Valérie Ferrazzini, Andrea Di Muro
      Pages 91-106
    8. Andrea Morandi, Andrea Di Muro, Claudia Principe, Laurent Michon, Gabrielle Leroi, Francesco Norelli et al.
      Pages 107-138
    9. Thomas Staudacher, Aline Peltier, Valérie Ferrazzini, Andrea Di Muro, Patrice Boissier, Philippe Catherine et al.
      Pages 139-170
    10. Michel Pichavant, Yann Brugier, Andrea Di Muro
      Pages 171-184
    11. Andrea Di Muro, Nicole Métrich, Patrick Allard, Alessandro Aiuppa, Mike Burton, Bo Galle et al.
      Pages 203-222
    12. Jean Battaglia, Florent Brenguier, Geneviève Roult
      Pages 223-242
    13. Jean Battaglia, Florent Brenguier
      Pages 243-250
    14. Jean-Luc Froger, Valérie Cayol, Vincent Famin
      Pages 271-286
    15. Aline Peltier, François Beauducel, Thomas Staudacher, Philippe Catherine, Philippe Kowalski
      Pages 287-303
    16. Paule-Annick Davoine, Cécile Saint-Marc
      Pages 305-314

About this book


Piton de la Fournaise and Karthala are both shield volcanoes in the southwest Indian Ocean. This publication summarizes the work done on these very active basaltic volcanoes. Piton de la Fournaise has a long history of scientific research and monitoring, encompassing much data collected during recent eruptions. It is certainly one of the most studied volcanoes in the world. The work presented in this monograph includes geological, geophysical, geochemical and petrological aspects, as well as studies on physical geography, natural hazards and the sociological and behavioural implications.

The Karthala volcano may be less well known, but it serves as an interesting comparison to Piton de la Fournaise. Although situated close to the volcanoes of Hawaii, it differs from them by its more alkaline magmas and less frequent activity. It was also monitored for more than 25 years, producing extraordinary eruptions in recent years.


Basaltic Volcanoes Comores Eruption History Indian Ocean Karthala Natural Hazard Piton de la Fournaise Reunion Shield Volcano Volcano Monitoring

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick Bachelery
    • 1
  • Jean-François Lenat
    • 2
  • Andrea Di Muro
    • 3
  • Laurent Michon
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire Magmas et VolcansUniv. Blaise Pascal - Clermont-FerrandClermont-FerrandFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Magmas et VolcansUniv. Blaise Pascal - Clermont-FerrandClermont-FerrandFrance
  3. 3.Piton de la Fournaise Volc. ObservatoryInstitut de Physique du Globe de ParisLa Plaine des CafresFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire GeoSciencesUniversity La RéunionSaint-DenisFrance

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