The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics



Mud Volcanism

Mud volcanoes represent one of the primary targets for oil companies as they are commonly associated with oil/gas fields. Since 1995 I participated to more than fifteen marine expeditions during which we discovered the main Mediterranean, Black Sea and Gulf of Cadiz mud volcano fields. I completed several onshore fieldworks mapping and sampling mud volcanoes in Crimea, Trinidad, Italy, Indonesia and Azerbaijan. Other detailed studies were conducted on mud volcanoes and related authigenic carbonates from the Black Sea involving petrography, geochemical and laboratory simulation analyses. Our results defined the origin of the seeping fluids and investigated the shallow deformations of the sedimentary sequences affected by rising-gas deformation. Publlished reports: (Ivanov et al., 1996; Woodside et al., 1997; Kenyon et al., 2000; Kenyon et al., 2001; Kenyon et al., 2002; Akhmetzhanov et al., 2007)

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Selected reading:

Khlystov, O. M., Poort, J., Mazzini, A., Akhmanov, G.G., Minami, H., Hachikubo, A., Khabuev, A.V., Kazakov, A.V., De Batist, M., Naudts, L., Chensky, A.G., Vorobeva, S.S., 2019, Shallow-rooted mud volcanism in Lake Baikal: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 102, p. 580-589.

Mazzini, A., and Etiope, G., 2017, Mud volcanism: An updated review: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 168, p. 81–112. DOWNLOAD

Mazzini, A., 2009. Mud volcanism: Processes and implications. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26(9): 1677-1680. DOWNLOAD

Mazzini, A., Nermoen, A., Krotkiewski, M., Podladchikov, Y., Planke, S. and Svensen, H., 2009a. Strike-slip faulting as a trigger mechanism for overpressure release through piercement structures. Implications for the Lusi mud volcano, Indonesia. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26(9): 1751-1765. DOWNLOAD

Mazzini, A., Svensen, H., Planke, S., Guliyev, I., Akhmanov, G.G., Fallik, T. and Banks, D., 2009b. When mud volcanoes sleep: Insight from seep geochemistry at the Dashgil mud volcano, Azerbaijan. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26(9): 1704-1715. DOWNLOAD

Skinner Jr, J.A. and Mazzini, A., 2009. Martian mud volcanism: Terrestrial analogs and implications for formational scenarios. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26(9): 1866-1878. DOWNLOAD

Svensen, H., Hammer, Ř., Mazzini, A., Onderdonk, N., Polteau, S., Planke, S. and Podladchikov, Y.Y., 2009. Dynamics of hydrothermal seeps from the Salton Sea geothermal system (California, USA) constrained by temperature monitoring and time series analysis. Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 114, B09201, doi:10.1029/2008JB006247. DOWNLOAD

Mazzini, A., Ivanov, M.K., Nermoen, A., Bahr, A., Borhmann, G., Svensen, H. and Planke, S., 2008. Complex plumbing systems in the near subsurface: geometries of authigenic carbonates from Dolgovskoy Mound (Black Sea) constrained by analogue experiments. Marine & Petroleum Geology 25(6): 457-472. DOWNLOAD

Mazzini, A., Svensen, H., Akhmanov, G.G., Aloisi, G., Planke, S., Malthe-Sorenssen, A. and Istadi, B., 2007. Triggering and dynamic evolution of the LUSI mud volcano, Indonesia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 261(3-4): 375-388. DOWNLOAD

H. Svensen, G. Gisler, S. Polteau, A. Mazzini, and S. Planke, 2007, Hydrothermal Vent complexes and the search of extra-terrestrial water. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVIII (2007) 2268.pdf

Mazzini, A., Ivanov, M.K., Parnell, J., Stadnitskaya, A., Cronin, B., Poludetkina, E., Mazurenko, L., and van Weering T.C.E., 2004. Methane-related authigenic carbonates from the Black Sea: geochemical characterization and relation to seeping fluids. Marine Geology, 212 (1-4), 153-181.  DOWNLOAD

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