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What is Caribbean Lithosphere (CALOR) research group?
CALOR is an international research group whose investigation focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of the processes and environments in which (paleo-) subduction zones of the caribbean plate form. More precisely we investigate the magmatic, metamorphic and ore-deposit records of (paleo-) subduction zones of Cuba, Dominican Republic and Central Cordillera of Colombia.
They are key regions for the understanding of Caribbean-North America and -South America plate interactions. The geological development of the Caribbean region is largely controlled by a number of subduction zones that formed along its margins from the break-up of Pangea during the Jurassic until Present.
Research themes associated with the group include:
- Origin and evolution of Caribbean ophiolites
- Petrogenesis of Caribbean ophiolitic chromitites
- Origin and evolution of Caribbean Cretaceous volcanic arc
- Petrogenesis of serpentinite-matrix and -blocks from the Antillean subduction channel
- Mineral deposits of the Greater Antilles and their plate tectonic settings of formation
2020: Fe-Ti-Zr metasomatism in the oceanic mantle due to extreme differentiation of tholeiitic melts (Moa-Baracoa ophiolite, Cuba)Fe-Ti-Zr metasomatism in the oceanic mantle due to extreme differentiation of tholeiitic melts (Moa-Baracoa ophiolite, Cuba) Abstract Ti-rich amphibole, Mg-rich ilmenite, baddeleyite, zirconolite, srilankite, and zircon are important high-field-strength elements (HFSE) bearing phases in the Potosí chromitite bodies located in the Moho Transition Zone of the Cretaceous Moa-Baracoa suprasubduction zone ophiolite (eastern Cuba). Such HFSE-bearing phases were found in the Continue ReadingRead more