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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-11-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-11-2016
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The Imbert Formation of northern Hispaniola: a tectono-sedimentary record of arc–continent collision and ophiolite emplacement in the northern Caribbean subduction–accretionary prism

J. Escuder-Viruete, Á. Suárez-Rodríguez, J. Gabites, and A. Pérez-Estaún

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New stratigraphical, structural, geochemical, and geochronological data from the northern Caribbean orogenic belt indicate that the Imbert Fm constitutes a coarsening-upward stratigraphic sequence that records the transition of the sedimentation from a pre-collisional forearc to a syn-collisional piggy-back basin in the lower-to-middle Eocene. This piggy-back basin was transported to the top of the Puerto Plata ophiolitic slab as it was emplaced onto the North America continental margin units.