Stratigraphical and Sedimentological Constraints on Western Colombia: Implications on the Evolution of the Caribbean Plate
Mario Moreno-Sanchez, Andrés Pardo-Trujillo, 2003. "Stratigraphical and Sedimentological Constraints on Western Colombia: Implications on the Evolution of the Caribbean Plate", The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean: Hydrocarbon Habitats, Basin Formation and Plate Tectonics, Claudio Bartolini, Richard T. Buffler, Jon F. Blickwede
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New data on five regions of western Colombia combined with available information allow us to suggest that at least five structural complexes constitute the northwestern border of South America: Quebradagrande-Alao, Arquía-Guamote, Amaime-Chaucha, Cordillera Occidental, and Panamá-Chocó. The geologic characteristics and age of these complexes support the hypothesis of the Pacific origin of the Caribbean; we propose that the origin of these complexes are related to progressive accretion of oceanic blocks against northwestern South America in the following phases: Early Cretaceous diagonal accretion of the proto-Caribbean oceanic crust with an associated volcanic arc, Late Cretaceous diagonal collision of the Caribbean plate (oceanic plateau) against northwestern South America, followed by a frontal collision during the early Tertiary.
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The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean: Hydrocarbon Habitats, Basin Formation and Plate Tectonics
The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean has long been one of the world's most important petroleum provinces, as well as one of the world's most geologically complex regions. These two characteristics have resulted in an extensive amount of ongoing research by both industry and academia. AAPG Memoir 79, The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, is the first volume in more than a decade to document such a wide range of research on the geology of this vast area. Of the total 44 papers, roughly two-thirds pertain to the Gulf of Mexico, with an emphasis on the Mexican portion of the basin, and to the petroliferous areas of the southern Caribbean, including Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago. The remaining papers relate to the Antilles and Central America, as well as a series of papers that address region-wide topics such as plate tectonic evolution. A significant number of papers were contributed by authors from national oil companies and universities from within the region.