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Tectonic evolution of the Caribbean region; Alternative hypothesis

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Anthony E. L. Morris
Anthony E. L. Morris
Morris Petroleum, Inc., P.O. Box 64610, Los Angeles, California 90064
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Irfan Taner
Irfan Taner
3625 South Florence Place, Tuba, Oklahoma 74105
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Howard A. Meyerhoff
Howard A. Meyerhoff
3625 South Florence Place, Tuba, Oklahoma 74105
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Arthur A. Meyerhoff
Arthur A. Meyerhoff
P.O. Box 4602, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74159
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Published:
January 01, 1991

Abstract

Frederick Nagle (1972b, p. 782) wrote, "Probably many Caribbean geologists (myself included) are suffering from varying degrees of geologic schizophrenia, torn between the general popularity of the plate tectonic concept and the knowledge that to date the Caribbean region has not been satisfactorily integrated into this new world scheme. If plate tectonics cannot incorporate key areas such as the Caribbean, the hypothesis will require some major overhauling." Nagle's words are in a sense prophetic, because the Caribbean region still defies every attempt to incorporate it into plate tectonics. As a result, we developed an alternative hypothesis.

To present the hypothesis as it applies to the Caribbean, numerous place names had to be used. Many of these appear on Figure 1. Those that do not may be found on Plate 1.

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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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