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Formation process of recent fumarolic gases at the Mt. Mihara summit peak of the Izu-Oshima volcano, Japan

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We have investigated the chemical and isotopic composition of recently formed gases emitted by three fumaroles on the Mt. Mihara summit peak of the Izu-Oshima volcano in order to assess the formation process of these gases. The CO2/H2O ratio of these gases varied greatly, with the σD and σ18O of the H2O being as low as a vapor phase equilibrated with the local meteoric water. These features are explained by a mixing of the vapor equilibrated with local meteoric groundwater and primary steam, which is a vapor phase generated by the mixing of magmatic gas and a cold meteoric groundwater. We concluded that there was no direct mixing between the magmatic vapor and a vapor phase of meteoric origin in the processes involved in fumarolic gas formation.


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Ohba, T. Formation process of recent fumarolic gases at the Mt. Mihara summit peak of the Izu-Oshima volcano, Japan. Earth Planet Sp 59, 1127–1133 (2007) doi:10.1186/BF03352055

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Key words

  • Fumarolic gases
  • formation process
  • Izu-Oshima volcano
  • CO2/H2O ratio
  • σD and σ18O values