Caribbean land and sea through the ages

Geological Society of America Bulletin



The oldest part of the Caribbean region proper is in northern Central America, where Permian (?) and Lower Permian marine deposits rest on metamorphic rocks of unknown, possibly middle Paleozoic, age. According to present dating, geosynclinal deposition spread eastward in Late Jurassic time to include Cuba, farther eastward and southward in Early Cretaceous time to include Hispaniola and probably Jamaica, and still farther eastward in Late Cretaceous time to include Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and St. Croix. Throughout the Caribbean region, the Cretaceous is characterized by volcanics of great thickness, pyroclastics being more widespread and thicker than flows. These volcanics evidently were derived from lands of unknown size that are now under the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Land still persisted south of eastern Cuba during Eocene time. Thereafter no geological evidence is now available pointing to land in the Caribbean Sea. © 1954, The Geological Society of America, Inc.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Caribbean land and sea through the ages
Series title Geological Society of America Bulletin
DOI 10.1130/0016-7606(1954)65[719:CLASTT]2.0.CO;2
Volume 65
Issue 8
Year Published 1954
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of America
Description 14 p.
First page 719
Last page 732
Country Cuba, Jamaica
State Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands
Other Geospatial Caribbean, Central America, Hispaniola
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