STRATI 2013 pp 1281-1283 | Cite as

The Large Explosive Activity of Mt. Etna as Recorded in Distal Tephrostratigraphy

  • Roberto SulpizioEmail author
  • Gianluca Groppelli
  • Donatella Insinga
  • Stefano Branca
  • Paola Del Carlo
  • Stella Tamburrino
  • Giovanni Zanchetta
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


Mt. Etna is renowned for being the most active and highest volcano in Europe. Lava flows and weak explosive eruptions characterize its activity, but intermediate to large explosive eruptions have punctuated its eruptive history. Marine and lacustrine distal records are excellent archives for the recognition of past large explosive activity at Mt. Etna, as testified by the recognition of distal tephra layers of Pleistocene to Holocene age. These data are, to date, neither organised nor correlated to the proximal stratigraphic and chronological records. Here, we propose the reorganisation and correlation of the distal tephra layers from Mt. Etna in order to decipher the timings and frequency of its major explosive eruptions.


Mount Etna Tephrostratigraphy Explosive eruptions Mediterranean area 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Sulpizio
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gianluca Groppelli
    • 2
  • Donatella Insinga
    • 3
  • Stefano Branca
    • 4
  • Paola Del Carlo
    • 5
  • Stella Tamburrino
    • 3
  • Giovanni Zanchetta
    • 6
  1. 1.Dipartimento di scienze della terra e GeoambientaliBariItaly
  2. 2.Istituto per la Dinamica dei Processi Ambientali—CNRMilanItaly
  3. 3.Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino e Costiero—CNRCalata di Porto di MassaNaplesItaly
  4. 4.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, sez. CataniaCataniaItaly
  5. 5.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, sez. PisaPisaItaly
  6. 6.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraPisaItaly

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