Interpretation of abundant seismic data suggest that Kilauea's primary conduit within the upper mantle is concentrically zoned to about 34-km depth. This zoned structure is inferred to contain a central core region of relatively higher permeability, surrounded by numerous dikes that are in intermittent hydraulic communication with each other and with the central core. During periods of relatively high magma transport, the entire cross section of the conduit is utilized. During periods of relatively low to moderate transport, however, only the central core is active.-from Author
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The mechanics and three-dimensional internal structure of active magmatic systems: Kilauea volcano, Hawaii.