Type Oceanographic cruise
Ship L'Atalante
Ship owner Ifremer
Dates 28/03/2006 - 27/04/2006
Chief scientist(s) DEPLUS Christine ORCID


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DOI 10.17600/6010050

The FOREVER (formation and evolution of the volcanic edifice of Reunion island) addresses a scientific issue which is twofold: the first involves the role played by the lithosphere in surface volcanism's expression and the second is a contribution to studying the phenomenon of flank destabilization and its related hazards. Reunion Island's volcanic edifice was the target. In the long term, the aim is to understand how volcanism is established in the intra-plate domain with respect to mantle dynamics, pre-existing structures of the lithosphere and on a smaller scale, how the edifice itself evolves. The survey fell under the themes of the national DyETI (on the dynamics and evolution of the inner earth) and the Reliefs programs. An extra day was granted under the EXTRAPLAC (for "reasoned extension of the continental shelf") program to make additional profiles in order to meet the program's objectives in the Reunion Island area.

Data managed by SISMER

Sampling operations



Lebas E., Le Friant A., Deplus C., de Voogd B. (2018). Understanding the evolution of an oceanic intraplate volcano from seismic reflection data: A new model for La Réunion, Indian Ocean. Journal Of Geophysical Research-solid Earth, 123(2), 1035-1059. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Mazuel Aude, Sisavath Emmanuelle, Babonneau Nathalie, Jorry StephanORCID, Bachelery Patrick, Delacourt Christophe (2016). Turbidity current activity along the flanks of a volcanic edifice: The mafate volcaniclastic complex, La Réunion Island, Indian Ocean. Sedimentary Geology, 335, 34-50. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Pous Stephane, Lazure PascalORCID, Andre Gael, Dumas Franck, Halo Issufo, Penven Pierrick (2014). Circulation around La Reunion and Mauritius islands in the south-western Indian Ocean: A modeling perspective. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 119(3), 1957-1976. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Babonneau Nathalie, Delacourt Christophe, Cancouet R., Sisavath Emmanuelle, Bachelery Patrick, Mazuel Aude, Jorry StephanORCID, Deschamps Anne, Ammann Jerome, Villeneuve N. (2013). Direct sediment transfer from land to deep-sea: Insights into shallow multibeam bathymetry at La Réunion Island. Marine Geology, 346, 47-57. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Saint-Ange Francky, Bachelery Patrick, Babonneau Nathalie, Michon Laurent, Jorry StephanORCID (2013). Volcaniclastic sedimentation on the submarine slopes of a basaltic hotspot volcano: Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion Island, Indian Ocean). Marine Geology, 337, 35-52. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Sisavath Emmanuelle, Mazuel Aude, Jorry StephanORCID, Babonneau Nathalie, Bachelery Patrick, de Voogd Beatrice, Salpin Marie, Emmanuel Laurent, Beaufort Luc, Toucanne SamuelORCID (2012). Processes controlling a volcaniclastic turbiditic system during the last climatic cycle: Example of the Cilaos deep-sea fan, offshore La Réunion Island. Sedimentary Geology, 281, 180-193. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Lenat Jean-Francois, Bachelery Patrick, Merle Olivier (2012). Anatomy of Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Reunion, Indian Ocean). Bulletin Of Volcanology, 74(9), 1945-1961.

Sisavath Emmanuelle, Babonneau Nathalie, Saint-Ange Francky, Bachelery Patrick, Jorry StephanORCID, Deplus Christine, de Voogd Beatrice, Savoye Bruno (2011). Morphology and sedimentary architecture of a modern volcaniclastic turbidite system: The Cilaos fan, offshore La Reunion Island. Marine Geology, 288(1-4), 1-17. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Le Friant Anne, Lebas Elodie, Clement Valentin, Boudon Georges, Deplus Christine, de Voogd Beatrice, Bachelery Patrick (2011). A new model for the evolution of La Reunion volcanic complex from complete marine geophysical surveys. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, -.

Saint-Ange Francky, Savoye Bruno, Michon Laurent, Bachelery Patrick, Deplus Christine, de Voogd Beatrice, Dyment Jerome, Le Drezen Eliane, Voisset Michel, Le Friant Anne, Boudon Georges (2011). A volcaniclastic deep-sea fan off La Reunion Island (Indian Ocean): Gradualism versus catastrophism. Geology, 39(3), 271-274.

Gailler Lydie-Sarah, Lenat Jean-Francois (2010). Three-dimensional structure of the submarine flanks of La Reunion inferred from geophysical data. Journal Of Geophysical Research-solid Earth, 115(B12), 1-27.