Late Cretaceous arc development on the SW margin of the Caribbean Plate: Insights from the Golfito, Costa Rica, and Azuero, Panama, complexes

  title={Late Cretaceous arc development on the SW margin of the Caribbean Plate: Insights from the Golfito, Costa Rica, and Azuero, Panama, complexes},
  author={David M. Buchs and Richard J. Arculus and Peter O. Baumgartner and Claudia Baumgartner‐Mora and Alexey Ulianov},
The processes of arc initiation at the margin of an oceanic plateau are remarkably well preserved along the southern coastline of eastern Costa Rica and western Panama. We present new results of a combined tectonostratigraphic and petrologic study with which protoarc initiation (75–73 Ma) at the margin of an oceanic plateau (89–85 Ma) is documented. Dykes of protoarc igneous rocks within the plateau and occurrences of protoarc igneous rocks are widely distributed. These types of field… 

Sedimentation and volcanism in the Panamanian Cretaceous intra-oceanic arc and fore-arc: new insights from the Azuero peninsula (SW Panama)

The Azuero Peninsula, located in SW Panama, is a region characterized by a long-lived intra-oceanic subduction zone. Volcanism began in Late Cretaceous time, as the result of subduction of the

The Paleogene arcs of the northern Andes of Colombia and Panama : Insights on plate kinematic implications from new and existing geochemical , geochronological and isotopic data

The northern Andes of Colombia comprise two non-cogenetic Paleogene arcs formed in contrasting geodynamic settings including continental and oceanic domains. New whole-rock geochemistry and isotopic

From incipient island arc to doubly‐vergent orogen: A review of geodynamic models and sedimentary basin‐fills of southern Central America

Southern Central America is a Late Mesozoic/Cenozoic island arc that evolved in response to the subduction of the Farallón Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate in the Late Cretaceous and, from the

Tectono‐stratigraphic response of the Sandino Forearc Basin (N‐Costa Rica and W‐Nicaragua) to episodes of rough crust and oblique subduction

The southern Central American active margin is a world‐class site where past and present subduction processes have been extensively studied. Tectonic erosion/accretion and oblique/orthogonal

Low‐volume intraplate volcanism in the Early/Middle Jurassic Pacific basin documented by accreted sequences in Costa Rica

Countless seamounts occur on Earth that can provide important constraints on intraplate volcanism and plate tectonics in the oceans, yet their nature and origin remain poorly known due to

The Geology of the Panama-Chocó Arc

  • S. Redwood
  • Geology
    Geology and Tectonics of Northwestern South America
  • 2019
The Panama-Choco Arc is a composite volcano-plutonic island arc of Late Cretaceous to Miocene age developed on ocean crust of the Caribbean large igneous province (CLIP) on the western or trailing



Age and geochemistry of basaltic complexes in western Costa Rica: Contributions to the geotectonic evolution of Central America

The age and origin of magmatic complexes along the Pacific Coast of Central America have important implications for the origin and tectonic evolution of this convergent plate margin. Here we present

Late Cretaceous to Miocene seamount accretion and mélange formation in the Osa and Burica Peninsulas (Southern Costa Rica): episodic growth of a convergent margin

Abstract Multidisciplinary study of the Osa and Burica peninsulas, Costa Rica, recognizes the Osa Igneous Complex and the Osa Mélange – records of a complex Late Cretaceous–Miocene

Characterization and tectonic implications of Mesozoic-Cenozoic oceanic assemblages of Costa Rica and Western Panama

We present a new model to explain the origin, emplacement and stratigraphy of the Nicoya Complex in the NW part of the Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica) based on twenty-five years of field work,

Characterization and tectonic implications of Mesozoic-Cenozoic oceanic assemblages of Costa Rica and Western Panama

The Pacific face of Costa Rica and western Panama has been extensively studied because of the wide occur-rence of oceanic assemblages. In Northern Costa Rica, the Santa Elena Nappe made by ultramafic

Magmatic history and evolution of the Central American Land Bridge in Panama since Cretaceous times

Chemical compositions for 310 igneous rocks from the Cordillera de Panama and the Sona and Azuero peninsulas were supplemented by 40 Ar/ 39 Ar dating and Sr-, Nd-, Pb-, and O-isotope analysis to

Plate-kinematics and crustal dynamics of circum-Caribbean arc-continent interactions: Tectonic controls on basin development in Proto-Caribbean margins

The American margins of the Caribbean comprise basins and accreted terranes recording a polyphase tectonic history. Plate kinematic models and reconstructions back to the Jurassic show that Mesozoic

Missing history (16–71 Ma) of the Galápagos hotspot: Implications for the tectonic and biological evolution of the Americas

We present the results of volcanological, geochemical, and geochronological studies of volcanic rocks from Malpelo Island on the Nazca plate (15.8–17.3 Ma) belonging to the Gala´pagos hotspot