A Tectonic Shift in Cuban-American Relations

October 2016 GSA Today article and 28 Sept. GSA Annual Meeting Pardee Symposium

Boulder, Colorado, USA: In 1961, the United States severed diplomatic ties with Cuba, a decision that led to myriad consequences, some entirely unanticipated. For the geoscience community, a precipitous drop in research collaboration occurred between Cuban and American scientists. The date was critical because, over the next 20 years, plate tectonics would revolutionize our understanding of Earth, and the geology of Cuba was realized to hold some critical constraints on interaction between the North American and Caribbean plates.

Since January 2015, relations between Cuba and United States have changed significantly, allowing mostly unfettered exchange of geoscientists and their ideas. In the October 2016 issue of GSA Today (online ahead of print at http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/26/10/), Iturralde-Vinent and colleagues present an up-to-date view of the geology of Cuba, and highlight some excellent research projects that now can occur with the change in political atmosphere. Many Cuban and American geoscientists should see fascinating opportunities.

At this month's meeting of The Geological Society of America, author M.A. Iturralde-Vinent and colleagues bring GSA and the Cuban Geological Society together in a Wednesday morning (28 Sept.) Pardee Symposium to further detail the "Geologic Evolution of Cuba." Learn more at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Session40255.html.

The geology of Cuba: A brief overview and synthesis
M.A. Iturralde-Vinent, A. García-Casco, Y. Rojas-Agramonte, J.A. Proenza, J.B. Murphy, and R.J. Stern. GSA Today, v. 26, no. 10, p. 4-10, doi: 10.1130/GSATG296A.1.

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26 September 2016
GSA Release No. 16-56

Kea Giles, Managing Editor,
GSA Communications

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Valle de Viñales, Pinar del Río Province, western Cuba. Karstic relief on passive margin Upper Jurassic and Cretaceous limestones. The world-famous Cuban tobacco is grown in this valley. Photo by Antonio García Casco, 31 July 2014.