Type Oceanographic cruise
Set This cruise is part of the set ERODER
Ship Meteor
Ship owner Reedereigemeinschaft Forschungsschiffahr
Dates 29/12/2007 - 16/01/2008
Chief scientist(s) SAVOYE Bruno


IFREMER - Technopôle Brest-Iroise

IUEM - Rue Dumont d'Urville

29280 Plouzané


The ERODER project, acronym for erosion and dismantling of the volcanic edifice of Reunion island, focuses on the study of volcanic edifice dismantling processes, the roles respectively played by flank destabilizations and erosion, as well as the transport dynamics of matter on the flanks of the volcanic edifice. The objectives are to better understand 1) the geological structure of this volcanic island and its evolution over time; 2) the dynamics of transfer processes of matter towards the open sea. The ERODER2 cruise objectives were to perform bathymetric surveys and higher resolution imaging than the EM12 surveys made during the FOREVER cruise on the Cilaos turbiditic system and its counterparts, sample the various sedimentary bodies identified since 2006 with a 10-15 m piston corer, to finish mapping certain seamounts and sample them using dredges and to extend the survey southward and towards the fossil ocean ridge in the Mascarene basin.

Data managed by SISMER

Sampling operations



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 :

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.

Gailler Lydie-Sarah, Lenat Jean-Francois, Lambert Mathieu, Levieux Guillaume, Villeneuve Nicolas, Froger Jean-Luc (2009). Gravity structure of Piton de la Fournaise volcano and inferred mass transfer during the 2007 crisis. Journal Of Volcanology And Geothermal Research, 184(1-2), 31-48.