Journal Highlights

How to understand the inner plumbing of volcanoes

Editor’s Highlight—


We have become increasingly good at measuring external volcano shape thanks to the development of satellite technology. However, it remains a challenge to understand the subsurface structure and systems. This paper presents a model to link the external geometry of volcanos with their inner structure. Although many volcanoes have more complex formation histories than those modeled, the authors use the idealized approach to develop analytical solutions which make the relationships easier to see. This approach has the potential to provide a wide range of information on the plumbing system of volcanoes, including the potential hazard associated with volcanoes for which we have essentially no information. Overall, this paper is a useful addition to earlier models of volcano evolution.