Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems

Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems

Understanding Magma Transport, Storage, and Evolution in the Earth's Crust

1st Edition - May 9, 2018

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  • Author: Steffi Burchardt
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097502
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097496

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Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems: Understanding Magma Transport, Storage, and Evolution in the Earth's Crust synthesizes research from various geoscience disciplines to examine volcanic and igneous plumbing systems (VIPS) in-depth. VIPS comprise a network of magma transport and storage features in the Earth’s crust. These features include dykes, sills and larger magma bodies that form the pathway and supply system of magma beneath active volcanoes. Combining basic principles with world-class research and informative illustrations, this unique reference presents a holistic view of each topic covered, including magma transport, magma chambers, tectonics and volcanism. Addressing a variety of approaches to these topics, this book offers researchers and academics in the Earth Science fields, such as geophysics, volcanology and igneous petrology the information they need to apply the information to their own disciplines.

Key Features

  • Provides an easily understandable overview of current research on volcanic and igneous plumbing systems
  • Includes full color illustrations to increase understanding
  • Covers fundamental information needed to optimize comprehension
  • Features a field example from world-class research in each chapter, including photographs and maps


Researchers in igneous petrology, structural geology and tectonics, geophysics and volcano geodesy, as well as employees of volcano observatories. Undergraduate and graduate students of the Earth sciences with an interest in magma transport and storage

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems (VIPS)
    2. Mechanisms of Magma Transport and Storage in the Lower and Middle Crust
    3. Mechanisms of Magma Transport in the Upper Crust
    4. Growth of a Volcanic Edifice through Plumbing System Processes
    5. Storage of magma in the layered crust
    6. Growth and survival of magma reservoirs
    7. Influence of tectonics on VIPS
    8. Processes within magma reservoirs
    9. Destroying a volcanic edifice
    10. Collapse of VIPS
    11. Influence of VIPS on volcanism
    12. Synthesis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 356
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: May 9, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097502
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097496

About the Author

Steffi Burchardt

Dr. Steffi Burchardt has worked with various aspects of volcanic plumbing systems throughout her career and has used a wide variety of methods that are applied in the field. As a generalist, she has a very good overview of this young and emerging field of research that has so far been a niche subject between research on plutons deep in the crust and volcanism at the Earth’s surface. She works actively on promoting plumbing system research through publications, at international conferences, and in the form of an upcoming commission of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI). Dr. Burchardt is an award-winning and prolific writer and has published in high-ranking and interdisciplinary scientific journals. She has also contributed book chapters on the topic of volcanic plumbing systems (please see publication list for details) and has won several poster prizes and published photographs in scientific calendars, underlining her qualification in communicating visually.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Structural Geology, Uppsala University, Sweden

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  • HiroakiSato Mon Jul 30 2018

    magma plumbing is a key to understand crustal make up and volcanic activity

    The book gathers 11 reviews mainly concerned with passive margins with marvelous illustrations of various magma plumbing systems and references. Good for reading in graduate course.