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The Origin and Evolution of the Caribbean Plate

Product Code: SP328
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by K H James, M A Lorente and J L Pindell
Publication Date: 23 December 2009
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This book discusses the current state of research on the geology of the area between North and South America, with a focus on the origin of the Caribbean Plate. Prevailing understanding is that the Caribbean Plate formed in the Pacific and migrated between the Americas. According to this model, the plate comprises oceanic and volcanic arc rocks. An alternative interpretation considers that the plate formed in place and includes extended continental crust. Hybrids of these ideas also exist.The papers in this volume provide regional overviews, discussions of the origins of the Caribbean Plate, and consider aspects of local geology arranged in a circum-Caribbean tour and ending in the plate interior.They address tectonics, igneous and metamorphic geology, stratigraphy and palaeontology. The objective of this wide variety of topics is to facilitate debate.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-288-9
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-288-5
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 868
Weight: 2.10 kg


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Hastie, A. R. Is the Cretaceous primitive island arc series in the circum-Caribbean region geochemically analogous to the modern island arc tholeiite series?
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Grande, S. Presence of a high grade rocks in NW Venezuela of possible Grenvillian affiinity
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Higgs, R. The vanishing Carib Halite Formation (Neocomian), Colombia-Venezuela-Trinidad prolific petroleum province
Cooney, P. M. Lorente, M. A. A structuring event of Campanian age in western Venezuela, interpreted from seismic and palaeontological data
Maresch, W. V. Kluge, R. Baumann, A. Pindell, J. L. Kruckhans-Lueder, G. Stanek, K. The occurrence and timing of high-pressure metamorphism on Margarita Island, Venezuela: a constraint on Caribbean-South America interaction
Pindell, J. L. Kennan, L. Wright, D. T. Erikson, J. Clastic domains of sandstones in central/eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, and Barbados: heavy mineral and tectonic constraints on provenance and palaeogeography
Diebold, J. Submarine volcanic stratigraphy and the Caribbean LIP's formational environment
Kerr, A. C. Pearson, G. Nowell, G. M. Magma source evolution beneath the Caribbean oceanic plateau: new insights from elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic studies of ODP Leg 165 Site 1001 basalts


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