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For the surname, see Marsili (surname).
Marsili is located in Italy
Marsili (Italy)
Summit depth −450 m (−1,476 ft)
Height 3,000 m (9,800 ft)
Location Tyrrhenian Sea
Coordinates 39°15′00″N 14°23′40″E / 39.25000°N 14.39444°E / 39.25000; 14.39444Coordinates: 39°15′00″N 14°23′40″E / 39.25000°N 14.39444°E / 39.25000; 14.39444
Country Italy
Type Submarine volcano
Volcanic arc/chain Aeolian Arc

Marsili is a large undersea volcano in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 175 kilometers (109 mi) south of Naples. The seamount is about 3,000 m (9,800 feet) tall; its peak and crater are about 450 m below the sea surface. Though it has not erupted in recorded history, volcanologists believe that Marsili is a relatively fragile-walled structure, made of low-density and unstable rocks,[1] fed by the underlying shallow magma chamber. Volcanologists with the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) announced on March 29, 2010 that Marsili could erupt at any time, and might experience a catastrophic collapse that would suddenly release vast amounts of magma in an undersea eruption and landslide that could trigger destructive tsunamis on the Italian coast and nearby Mediterranean coastlines.[2]

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  1. ^ Caratori Tontini F., Cocchi L., Muccini F., Carmisciano C., Marani M., Bonatti E., Ligi M., and Boschi E., Potential-field modelling of collapse-prone submarine volcanoes in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy), Geophysical Research Letter 37 (2010), L03305, doi:10.1029/2009GL041757.
  2. ^ "Undersea volcano threatens southern Italy: report". AFP. March 29, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2014.