The image shows how the caribbean plate is pushed to the east relative to the south american plate, causing the caribbean islands' distinctive arc shape. Unlike the other islands of the eastern caribbean, barbados evolved in an accretionary prism as opposed to a magmatic arc termed the 'barbados ridge', this prism is a bathymetric feature, situated east of the ridge of the lesser antilles magmatic arc platform and above the active subduction. Discontinuous geology of the caribbean islands comprehensive regional knowledge is required regional geological synopsis of the above requires james - a simple synthesis of caribbean geology , in situ geological society of , ,. Geology and tectonics of the caribbean plate margarita m solares col n geology and tectonics of the caribbean plate search na plate subducts under p r trench in a 1300 km section covering caribbean islands arcs from central hispaniola to guadeloupe.
Caribbean tsunami and earthquake hazards studies usgs hazards, puerto rico trench, tectonic plate boundary, earthquakes puerto rico and the virgin islands are located at an active plate boundary between the north american plate and the northeast corner of the caribbean plate. Geology of the caribbean islands have you ever wondered how the famous tropical land masses located in central america, known as the caribbean islands, came to existence well geologists have dated some of the rocks in the islands such as, cuba and trinidad, as far back as the jurassic time period. Stark's history and guide to the bahama islands: containing a description of everything on or about the bahama islands of which the visitor or. Water resources of the caribbean welcome to the usgs caribbean water science center these pages are your source for water-resource information collected and interpreted by the us geological survey in the caribbean the island has been devastated by two powerful hurricanes. Geology and hydrogeology of the caribbean islands aquifer system of the commonwealth of puerto rico and the us virgin islands professional paper 1419.
The geology of barbados: a field guide stephen k donovan 1 geologist intending to investigate the island barbados is a small island, shaped like a contorted teardrop, and riding the caribbean plate (westbrook et al, 1973. An online resource from the geological society, outlining the three types of plate boundary and the activity that characterises them. 10 best caribbean island vacation destinations barbados is one of the most multifaceted caribbean islands they are worlds of their own, shaped by geological processes over thousands of years adventure. Definitions of the caribbean region the geographical caribbean it would therefore include most of the islands of the lesser and greater antilles as well as mainland territories in central america geological caribbean. The composition of rocks varies greatly between the tropical islands (figure 1 circum-caribbean tectonic and igneous activity and the evolution of the caribbean plategeological society of america bulletin, 83(2), 251-271. The geology of montserrat montserrat island (with an area of 102 sqkm and a pre-1995 eruption population of 10,500, is composed of three major volcanic centers, ranging in age from pleistocene to recent the northern end of the island is formed by the silver hill complex described by rea (1970.
A complete guide to the geology of saint lucia one of the island's key geologic features these volcanic islands form an arc along the eastern border of the caribbean plate while most of these islands are volcanic in origin there are exceptions. Explore caribbean islands using google earth: google earth is a free program from google that allows you to explore satellite images showing the cities and landscapes of caribbean islands and the rest of the world in fantastic detail. Major caribbean earthquakes and tsunamis a real risk date rico and the us virgin islands sit on top of small crustal blocks that are sandwiched between the north american and caribbean plates the island of hispaniola faces a tsunamis and geology in the caribbean and puerto rico. The cayman islands are three islands, grand cayman, cayman brac and little cayman, located in the caribbean sea with a latitude between 19 degrees 15 minutes and 19 degrees 45 minutes north, and a longitude between 79 degrees 44 minutes and 81 degrees 27 minutes west, they are well within the. Geologic setting: the virgin islands are part of an oceanic volcanic arc, which starts with cuba and ends with trinidad, off the coast of venezuela 100 million years ago in the cretatious period, the atlantic plate subducted underneath the caribbean plate, which over time caused the virgin.
The caribbean presents several provocative geotectonic problems water depths are less than in the main ocean basins over most of the caribbean basin, seismic-refraction measurements reveal (fig 1.
Michael cheadle university of wyoming the island of puerto rico lies in a dynamic plate-boundary zone between two tectonic plates: the north american plate and the northeast corner of the caribbean plate (figure 1. Caribbean geological map uploaded by jorge pirela related interests caribbean geology 1980, geologic-tectonic map of the caribbean region: us geological survey miscellaneous investigations series map i-1100 islands mag best of caribbean guide - editors' picks house hearing.