Geochemistry and microbiology of the hydrothermal system of the Aeolian Islands, Italy


In collaboration with the University of Palermo and with the Giovannelli Lab at the University of Napoli "Federico II", we explored the hydrothermal system of the Aeolian islands in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The Aeolian island archipelago is an active volcanic arc in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea. The arc includes several stratovolcanoes forming seven main islands (Alicudi, Filicudi, Salina, Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli) and several seamounts which surround the Marsili Basin. Active volcanism is restricted to the central and eastern sectors of the arc. In this study, we sampled the submarine hydrothermal/gas vents of Vulcano, Salina and Panarea and we are investigating the geochemistry and microbiology of the system. The diving operations were coordinated by Dr. Valentina Sciutteri (2016) and by Dr. Giulia Bernardi (2017 and 2019) in collaboration with the Blue Marine Foundation and the Aeolian Island Preservation Fund. Read our recent scientific papers on the microbiology of Vulcano's vents and the Aeolian islands. Watch our GoPro video on the Aeolian islands.