By Elazar Uchupi (auth.), Alan E. M. Nairn, Francis G. Stehli (eds.)
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3. Lesser AntilIes Ridge The Lesser Antilles Ridge east of Tobago Trough is about 750 km long and about 25-40 km wide at its southern end. North of 16° N the ridge separates into two ridges with a total width of more than 100 km. Atop the outer ridge are the Limestone Caribs, and atop the inner ridge the Volcanic Caribs. The Limestone Caribs are limited to the northern half of the ridge, whereas the volcanic islands extend to within 150 km of Venezuela. The limestone islands consist of middle and late Eocene tilted andesitic tuffs and tuff-breccias intruded by hypabyssal basalt, andesite, and quartz diorite and capped by OligoceneMiocene limestones (Christman, 1953).
1971; Fig. 13). This granitic material, which is mid-Cretaceous to Paleocene in age (Fig. , 1971), more properly belongs to the eastwest structural high forming the foundation of the Netherlands-Venezuela AntilIes rather than the swell itself. 8 km/sec material forming the core of the high is not granitic, as suggested by Fox et al. (1971), but is of the same composition as the oceanic crust. Data on the sedimentary blanket atop the swell has come from boreholes, cores, dredge sampies, and seismic profiling.
12. Seismic reflection profiles from Bahamas and Caribbean. For locations of profiles, see Fig. 16. These profiles were redrawn to a common scale from the following sourees: (12) United States Geological Survey (1972d, line 34); (13) Uni ted States Geological Survey (1972d, li ne 49); (14) Lattimore et al. (1971, line AA'); (15) Bassinger et al. (1971, Jine DD'); (19) Bunce et al. (1970, lines IV-l and VI-I); (21) Uchupi et al. (1971, line 340); (22) Uchupi et al. (1971, line 335). , 1968). The transition from underthrusting to block faulting appears to occur near Long.