The principal objective of this chapter is to present a compilation of original sources of paleomagnetic data for the Caribbean region, as published to the end of 1985. Secondarily, trends in the data and explanations for them are summarized, with emphasis on post-Paleozoic structural-tectonic rotations and paleogeographic implications.
Areal limits for this compilation coincide with the limits of the map of Case and Holcombe (1980): 05Â° to 24Â°N and 054Â° to 093Â°W (Fig. 1). A few studies overlap these boundaries. The focus is on paleomagnetic directional data; therefore, studies of regional continental and oceanic crustal magnetic anomaly trends have been excluded. Some theses and a few abstracts have been included, but works in preparation or in press have been omitted. As the objective of this chapter is to summarize paleomagnetic information, no attempt has been made to evaluate the numerous tectonic scenarios proposed by many authors for the Caribbean. It is hoped that researchers of diverse interests will find the appendix and citations of original data sources useful. The appendix identifies data sources by region: Greater Antilles; Lesser Antilles; Central America; northern South America; and the Caribbean area oceanic basins.