Caribbean Plate Tectonics

Comparison of Caribbean Plate Models

We compare reconstructions from Caribbean Plate models presented in various papers (see below). We compare the models by time although you can also view all the reconstructions from a particular paper at one time.

We are currently waiting for permission from the various journals to place more of the figures on-line.

Permission to copy this figures must be obtained from the author and/or journal.

Several animations presenting reconstructions of the Caribbean region are now on the web. These include animations by:


References for Caribbean plate models.

Giunta, G., Beccaluva, L., Coltorti, M., and Siena, F., presented at the 15 Caribbean Geological Conference in Kingston Jamaica, July 1998, and to be included in the volume edited by T. Jackson. (Reconstructions are modified after this article.)

Iturralde-Vinent, M., 1998, Synopsis of the Geological Constitution of Cuba, Acta Geologica Hispanica (IGCP 433), vol. 33(1-4):9-56.
Iturralde-Vinent, M.A. and Gahagan, L.M., in press, 15th Caribbean Geological Conference in Kingston Jamaica, July 1998, T. Jackson (editor).

James, K. H., "A Simple Synthesis of Caribbean Geology," PDF of Keith James' Caribbean plate model.

Kerr, A.C., Iturralde Vinent, M.A., Saunders, A.D., Babbs, T.L., and Tarney, J., 1999, A new plate tectonic model of the Caribbean: Implications from a geochemical reconnaissance of Cuban Mesozoic volcanic rocks, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 111(11): 1581-1599.

Malfait, B. T. and Dinkelman, M. G., 1972, Circum-Caribbean Tectonic and Igneous Activity and the Evolution of the Caribbean Plate, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 83 (2), p. 251-271.

Mann, P., 1999, Caribbean sedimentary basins: Classification and tectonic setting from Jurassic to Present, in Mann, P., editor, Caribbean Basins, Sedimentary Basins of the World Series, Series Editor: K. Hsu, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, vol. 4, p. 3-31.

Marton, G., and Buffler, R.T., 1994, Jurassic reconstruction of the Gulf of Mexico Basin, International Geology Review, 36:545-586.

Meschede, M., and Frisch, W., 1998, A plate-tectonic model for the Mesozoic and Early Cenozoic history of the Caribbean plate, Tectonophysics, 296(3-4): 269-291.

Pindell, J.L., 1994, Evolution of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, in S.K. Donovan and T.A. Jackson (eds.), Caribbean Geology: An Introduction, 13-39, University of the West Indies Publisher's Association, Kingston, Jamaica. QE 220 C34 1994

Ross, M.I., and Scotese, C.R., 1988, A hierarchical tectonic model of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region, Tectonophysics, 155:139-168.


Last revised: November 9, 2000

Please send comments to: Manuel Iturralde