who we are
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
2018: Cold plumes trigger contamination of oceanic mantle wedges with continental crust-derived sediments: Evidence from chromitite zircon grains of eastern Cuban ophiolitesCold plumes trigger contamination of oceanic mantle wedges with continental crust-derived sediments: Evidence from chromitite zircon grains of eastern Cuban ophiolites Abstract The origin of zircon grains, and other exotic minerals of typical crustal origin, in mantle-hosted ophiolitic chromitites are hotly debated. We report a population of zircon grains with ages ranging from Cretaceous (99 Ma) to Neoarchean (2750 Ma), Continue ReadingRead more
Doing fieldwork in Dominican Republic