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Plate Tectonics in the Caribbean


Freeland and Dietz1 have presented a speculative geological history of the Caribbean using plate tectonic theory, and simultaneously Dickinson2 suggested that two types of plate convergence may be distinguished by examining sedimentary and tectonic evidence. Geological data from the Caribbean support much of the proposed geological history but differ in significant details. On the other hand, the Caribbean seems to fit rather well the Dickinson distinction between plate convergence types.

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