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History and tectonic setting of Caribbean magmatism

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Thomas W. Donnelly
Thomas W. Donnelly
Department of Geological Sciences, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 1390
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Dirk Beets
Dirk Beets
Rijks Geologische Dienst, Postbus 157, Haarlem 24931, Netherlands
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Michael J. Carr
Michael J. Carr
Department of Geological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903
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Trevor Jackson
Trevor Jackson
Department of Geology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica
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Gerard Klaver
Gerard Klaver
Institute of Earth Sciences, Free University, 1507 MC Amsterdam, Netherlands
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John Lewis
John Lewis
Department of Geology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 20052
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Rene Maury
Rene Maury
Laboratoire de Pétrologie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 29283 Brest Cedex, France
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Hans Schellenkens
Hans Schellenkens
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Alan L. Smith
Alan L. Smith
Department of Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagiiez, Puerto Rico 00708
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Geoffrey Wadge
Geoffrey Wadge
Department of Geography, University of Reading, Reading RG6 2BA, England
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Denis Westercamp
Denis Westercamp
B.R.G.M., 6-8 Rue Chasseloup-Labat, 75737 Paris Cedex, France
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Published:
January 01, 1991

Abstract

The Caribbean area has a rich and varied igneous history, especially in the Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic. The emphasis of this chapter will be on that portion of the igneous history that began with Mesozoic separation of South and North America and has continued to the Holocene. Pre-Jurassic magmatism is recorded in northern Central America, Venezuela, and Colombia, and will be discussed briefly in other chapters of this volume. The aim of this chapter will be to describe igneous rock associations according to magmatic styles that characterize certain time intervals of the Caribbean and to suggest how these styles relate to contemporary tectonics. A recurring theme will be the close relationship among widespread igneous rock occurrences which might have prompted special interpretations in the past. Because the volcanic units that form the backbone of this account are mainly named stratigraphic units, much of this account will refer to these units. Further discussion may be found in other chapters of this volume.

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DNAG, Geology of North America

The Caribbean Region

Gabriel Dengo
Gabriel Dengo
Gabriel Dengo Centro de Estudios Geológicos de América Central Apartado 468 Guatemala City, Guatemala
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J.E. Case
J.E. Case
U.S. Geological Survey 345 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, California 94025
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Geological Society of America
Volume
H
ISBN electronic:
9780813754567
Publication date:
January 01, 1991

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