Caribbean Plate Relative Motions

  • Douglas L. Smith
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 4)


Any reconstruction of the geological history of the Central America land bridge is dependent on conjectural motions of several lithospheric plates. The most important aspect of a timing sequence for a link between the North and South America land masses is apparently the creation of the Caribbean Plate. The geological record, however, which details a tectonic evolution of the Caribbean Plate and its margins is so enigmatic that many critical questions remain unresolved, and every developed model is couched in some incompatibilities.


Plate Boundary Caribbean Region North American Plate Cocos Plate Caribbean Plate 
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  • Douglas L. Smith
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  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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