Skip to Main Content
Book Chapter

Lower Cretaceous Pelagic Limestones in Southern Belize: Proto-Caribbean deposits on the Southeastern Maya Block

By
A. Schafhauser
A. Schafhauser
Institut für Regionale Geologie, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Search for other works by this author on:
W. Stinnesbeck
W. Stinnesbeck
Institut für Regionale Geologie, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Search for other works by this author on:
B. Holland
B. Holland
Belize Minerals Ltd., Punta Gorda, Belize
Search for other works by this author on:
T. Adatte
T. Adatte
Institut de Géologie, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Search for other works by this author on:
J. Remane
J. Remane
Institut de Géologie, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Search for other works by this author on:
Published:
January 01, 2003

Abstract

The Cretaceous sedimentary sequence at Punta Gorda in southern Belize corresponds only partially to the known stratigraphic column of the Maya Block. In addition to dolomites and anhydrites of the Coban Formation (Aptian-Santonian), rudist-bearing shallow-water carbonates of the Campur Formation (Campanian-Maastrichtian), and the siliciclastic flysch sequence of the Sepur Formation (Maastrichtian-Eocene), pelagic limestones and limestones of debris-flow origin are present at Punta Gorda. They are of Berriasian-Valanginian and Aptian-Albian ages. Today, they are thrust onto dolomites of the Coban Formation and shales of the Sepur Formation.

The pelagic limestones are similar in age and lithology to the sedimentary sequence of southwestern Cuba and suggest a common depositional area on the eastern margin of the Maya Block in the Proto-Caribbean Basin.

You do not currently have access to this article.

Figures & Tables

Contents

AAPG Memoir

The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean: Hydrocarbon Habitats, Basin Formation and Plate Tectonics

Claudio Bartolini
Claudio Bartolini
Search for other works by this author on:
Richard T. Buffler
Richard T. Buffler
Search for other works by this author on:
Jon F. Blickwede
Jon F. Blickwede
Search for other works by this author on:
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
79
ISBN electronic:
9781629810546
Publication date:
January 01, 2003

GeoRef

References

Related

Citing Books via

Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal