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: Recycling in the subduction factory: Archaean to Permian zircons in the oceanic Cretaceous Caribbean island-arc (Hispaniola)Recycling in the subduction factory: Archaean to Permian zircons in the oceanic Cretaceous Caribbean island-arc (Hispaniola) Abstract Little mineralogical evidence is left of the recycling of continental and oceanic crust into the mantle at subduction zones. Zircon, because of its exceptional robustness, is probably the only surviving phase and the best mineral tracer of this global-scale process. This article combines Continue ReadingRead more
Doing fieldwork in Dominican Republic