IM1 – Volcanic sequence and hydrothermalism as planetary analogues:
examples from quiescent volcanoes in the Naples area (Italy)


Lucia Marinangeli, University G. d’Annunzio of Chieti, Italy
Monica Piochi, Osservatorio Vesuviano, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Naples, Italy
Barbara Cavalazzi, University of Bologna, Italy
Gianluca Iezzi, Università G. d’Annunzio of Chieti, Italy

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Type: Intra-Meeting
Duration: 1 day
Cost: € 100,00
Start: Rome (12th September 2019 – early morning)
End: Rome (12th September 2019 – late evening)
Difficulty level: low- to medium for the Vesuvius summit trail.
Participants disadvantaged with reduced mobility are welcome, please inform the organizers by adding a note in the registration form

Participants: min 20 max 70

 IM1 – Volcanic sequence and hydrothermalism as planetary analogues | Intra-meeting Trips | IAS 2019 Rome
Neapolitan volcanic area from satellite;
Vesuvius and Phlegraean fumarolic phenomena

The field trip focuses on pyroclastic deposits of the Campi Flegrei volcanisms, plus its on-going hydrothermal activity (CO2 and S-rich water vapor). This activity can reappraise planetary environments.
We will observe spectacular outcrops of deposits across the Campanian Ignimbrite and Neapolitan Yellow Tuff volcanism, dated back at 40 and 15 kyrs. Sedimentological, textural, mineralogic, and petrographic features from primary origin and exceptional secondary hydrothermal transformations of these deposits will help linking and favor different perspective on interpretation of extra-terrestrial planetary rocks.
The itinerary includes a trip through the solfataric landscapes developed on the Solfatara volcanic structures to observe the acid sulfate hydrothermal system and discuss its potentiality as analogue to host life in other planets.
The field trip will end with a walk to the Vesuvius summit to observe the most famous volcanic cone and its most recent volcanic sequence while enjoying a wonderful view of the gulf of Naples.


Rome to Campi Flegrei volcano and Vesuvius crater (Naples). Transfer by bus and short walking to stops.
Lunch will be in the Campi Flegrei area.
A wine taste stop is planned on the return way from Vesuvius.

Technical Information

The fieldtrip is planned as short walks for reaching outcrops except for the trail to reach the Vesuvius summit which is medium difficulty. However, we may organize transfer by 4WD vehicle to allow people with limited mobility to reach the volcanic crater. We plan to have lunch in the seaside area of the Campi Flegrei and a wine taste event after the Vesuvius trail.