Correlation of deposits and vent locations of the proximal Campanian Ignimbrite deposits, Campi Flegrei, Italy, based on natural remanent magnetization and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility characteristics

Michael H Ort, Mauro Rosi, Charles D. Anderson

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Correlation of the distal deposits of the Campanian Ignimbrite with their proximal equivalents in the Campi Flegrei caldera is complicated by a lack of medial exposures, complex and limited proximal stratigraphic sections, and large lateral facies changes. Paleomagnetic data from 10 sites in and near the Campi Flegrei yield natural remanent magnetizations (NRM) that are statistically indistinguishable from the distal Campanian Ignimbrite. In addition, their virtual geomagnetic pole (VGP) yields a possible correlation with Lac du Bouchet, France, secular variation data that indicate an age of approximately 32,850 14C years. The secular variation curve at this age was only briefly at this VGP, and did not return to it for > 10,000 years, so the paleomagnetic correlation of proximal and distal deposits is unique and robust. The date is consistent with 14C dates from the Campanian Ignimbrite, but younger than 39Ar/40Ar dates for the same rocks. This suggests that a better correction factor for cosmic flux for this time period is needed to calibrate older 14C dates. Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) data show that the proximal deposits have an oblate (disk-shaped), poorly lineated magnetic fabric. The distal deposits are much better lineated. The difference may be due to chaotic depositional currents in the proximal areas, in which particles were not well aligned. With greater distance of travel, and loss of energy, particles within the flow became aligned and developed stronger AMS lineations. Early eruptions of the Piperno Tuff were from a central vent north of Pozzuoli, whereas later tuffs that underlie the Breccia Museo may have been emplaced by flows associated with ring vents located on the northern and southern caldera margins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - Aug 1999



  • AMS
  • Campanian Ignimbrite
  • NRM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics

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