40Ar/39Ar ages of the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius, Italy

Bulletin of Volcanology
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The Italian volcano, Vesuvius, erupted explosively in AD 79. Sanidine from pumice collected at Casti Amanti in Pompeii and Villa Poppea in Oplontis yielded a weighted-mean 40Ar/39Ar age of 1925±66 years in 2004 (1σ uncertainty) from incremental-heating experiments of eight aliquants of sanidine. This is the calendar age of the eruption. Our results together with the work of Renne et al. (1997) and Renne and Min (1998) demonstrate the validity of the 40Ar/39Ar method to reconstruct the recent eruptive history of young, active volcanoes.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title 40Ar/39Ar ages of the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius, Italy
Series title Bulletin of Volcanology
DOI 10.1007/s00445-006-0071-8
Volume 69
Issue 3
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Volcano Hazards Program
Description 5 p.
First page 259
Last page 263
Country Italy
Other Geospatial Vesuvius
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