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Petrology and tectonic history of the Green Bay Schist, Portmore, St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica

Caribbean Journal of Earth Science
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Abstract

There are three occurrences of medium- to high-grade metamorphic rocks in Jamaica: amphibolite facies Westphalia Schist, blueschist/greenschist facies Mt. Hibernia Schist, and the hitherto poorly characterized amphibolite facies Green Bay Schist. New trace element data and thermodynamic calculations show that Green Bay Schist is closely related to Westphalia Schist. The protoliths for both are very similiar (basalt-andesitic basalt, C-MORB), consistent with a subducted ocean-ridge tectonic environment, hence arc-related. The protolith for Mt. Hibernia Schist is quite different (basalt, P-MORB), related to the Caribbean Large Igneous Province. Whereas the P-T-t paths for Green Bay Schist and Westphalia Schist prior to the middle Campanian (>78 Ma) are inferred to be similar, the late Campanian, Maastrichtian and Cenozoic P-T-t paths are very different. New 40Ar/39Ar age determinations show the following: (1) While the difference in the late Campanian and Maastrichtian remains problematic, (2) the difference in the Cenozoic clearly reflects the location relative to the NW-trending, NE-dipping Wagwater Fault: Westphalia Schist to the NE (hanging wall); Green Bay Schist to the SW (foot wall). The Cenozoic P-T-t paths are complementary, and consistent with the behavior of the Wagwater Fault: 65-50 Ma, normal motion (transtension); 50-10 Ma, inactive (quiescent); 10 Ma-present, reverse motion (transpression).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Petrology and tectonic history of the Green Bay Schist, Portmore, St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica
Series title Caribbean Journal of Earth Science
Volume 48
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of Jamaica
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description 18 p.
First page 1
Last page 18
Country Jamaica
City Portmore
Other Geospatial Green Bay Schist
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