Plate Tectonics in Central America


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General Plate Tectonics Information

USGS: This Dynamic Earth

Online edition of the book by W. Jacquelyne Kious and Robert I. Tilling


USGS: CVO Plate Tectonics

Definitions of a few basic terms related to plate tectonics


UC Berkeley

Website designed by the geology department at Berkeley with some great information on the history and mechanisms of plate tectonics.


The water and trace element contents of melt inclusions across an active subduction zone

James A. Walker, Kurt Roggensack, Lina C. Patino, Barry I. Cameron, Otoniel Matías


Central American Tectonics

Constraints from finite element modeling on the active tectonics of northern Central America and the Middle America Trench

Paper by José A. Álvarez-Gómez, Paul T. Meijer, José J. Martínez-Díaz, and Ramón Capote


A new estimate for present-day Cocos-Caribbean plate motion: Implications for slip along the Central American volcanic arc

Charles DeMets

Tectonic Evolution of the Cocos-Nazca Spreading Center

Silver, E.A., Kimura, G., and Shipley, T.H. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results Volume 170


The Maya-Chortis Boundary

Fernando Ortega-Gutiérrez, Luigi A. Solari, Carlos Ortega-Obregón, and others

Petrology and Geochemistry of Lavas

Chapter from Central Geology: Resources and Hazards


Volcanic Hazards in Central America

Google books link


Volcanism and Geochemistry in Central America: Progress and Problems

M. J. Carr and M. D. Feigenson


Regional and local variations in geochemistry and tectonics along and across Central America

Michael J. Carr


Information by Country

(These sites still under construction)




El Salvador


Costa Rica