Morphotectonic study of the Greater Antilles

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The first morphotectonic model of the Greater Antilles is presented. The model is adjusted to the current dynamics between the Caribbean and North American plates. It is mainly elaborated by Rantsman’s methodology. We determined 2 megablocks, 7 macroblocks, 42 mesoblocks, 653 microblocks and 1264 nanoblocks. They constitute a set of active blocks under rotation, uplifting and tilting movements. A total of 11 active knots of faults and 8 cells are the main articulation areas. The largest seismogenetic structures in the Northern Caribbean are an array of the active fault segments. The majority of them are in the Caribbean-North American Plate Boundary Zone, the Hispaniola has the most complex neotectonic structure–associated with the central axis of the morphotectonic deformations in the region.
© Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2017. Part of the used funds comes from the TSUJAL (CGL2011-29474-C02-01) and CARIBENORTE (CTM2006-13666-C02-02) projects. Amador García Sarduy drew the figures. The research was carried out in the Departamento de Física de la Tierra, Astronomía y Astrofísica I, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. The German friends Hans Joachim Franzke and Joachim Pilarski stimulated the initial idea of this paper.