Tectonic evolution of the Caribbean region; Alternative hypothesis
Anthony E. L. Morris, Irfan Taner, Howard A. Meyerhoff, Arthur A. Meyerhoff, 1991. "Tectonic evolution of the Caribbean region; Alternative hypothesis", The Caribbean Region, Gabriel Dengo, J.E. Case
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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.