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The role of magma mixing in triggering the current eruption at the Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, West Indies.

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  • M. D. Murphy
  • R. S. J. Sparks
  • J. Barclay
  • M. R. Carroll
  • A.-M. Lejeune
  • T. S. Brewer
  • Raymond MacDonald
  • Stuart Black
  • S. Young
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1998
<mark>Journal</mark>Geophysical Research Letters
Number of pages4
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The andesite lava currently erupting at the Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat, contains ubiquitous mafic inclusions which show evidence of having been molten when incorporated into the andesite. The andesite phenocrysts have a range of textures and zonation patterns which suggest that non-uniform reheating of the magma occurred shortly before the current eruption. Reheating resulted in remobilisation of the resident magma and may have induced eruption.