Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
3450 University St.
Canada H3A 0E8
Email: kim.berlo [at] mcgill.ca
Magma degassing is a key driving force in volcanic eruptions. How, and how fast, volatiles exsolve and escape during magma ascent is a crucial factor determining whether and how magma erupts at the surface. I study volcanic rocks and gases through observation in natural samples and experiments to find out more about the nature and timescales of magma degassing.
Berlo, K., Tuffen, H., Smith, V., Castro, J.M., Pyle, D.M., Mather, T.A., Geraki, K., (2013). Element variations in rhyolitic magma resulting from gas transport. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 121, 436-451.
Parks, M.M., Caliro, S., Chiodini, G., Pyle, D.M., Mather, T.A., Berlo, K., Edmonds, M., Biggs, J., Nomikou, P., Raptakis, C., (2013). Distinguishing contributions to diffuse CO2 emissions in volcanic areas from magmatic degassing and thermal decarbonation using soil gas 222Rn–δ13C systematics: Application to Santorini volcano, Greece. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377-378, 180-190.
Berlo, K., Turner, S. (2010) 210Pb-226Ra disequilibria in volcanic rocks. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296, 155-164.