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Definition of the opening histories of most of the world’s oceans continues to improve. Some improvements concern the drift (sea-floor spreading) history and stem from better resolution of oceanic fracture zones and magnetic anomalies, whereas other improvements concern the rift history and implications for initial conjugate continental reconstructions as provided by new or improved seismic data collected at continental margins. This work addresses two issues. First, it identifies several aspects of Atlantic opening history that affect the early opening kinematic framework between North and South America, showing that (1) the Yucatan Block must have rotated during the Jurassic evolution...

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