Date of Award
Master of Science
Maria Beatrice Magnani
Randel Tom Cox
During subduction of the Caribbean plate beneath the North and South American plates, large amount of material of crustal composition either descend into the mantle or are incorporated into the accretionary prism. In this study I investigate the collision at the northern and southern margins, where two different types of crustal material, Caribbean Large Igneous Province (CLIP) and normal oceanic crust, subduct, leading to differences in the collision style and structures. As part of this study, I refine the lateral extent of the CLIP in the eastern Caribbean. My analysis suggests that where the CLIP is involved in the subduction process, the sedimentary cover is clearly incorporated into the accretionary prism, and possibly only the igneous basement is recycled back into the subduction zone; however, where the normal oceanic crust is involved in the subduction, both the basement and its sedimentary cover enter the subduction channel.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Mataracioglu, Mehmet Onur, "Investigation of Collision Styles of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province (CLIP) vs. Normal Oceanic Crust Using Seismic Reflection Profiles" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 441.