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GIS databases for: Colombia, Central America and the Greater Antilles, available in MapInfo or in ArcGIS format.

 

Each database includes vector files for Topography, Geology, Tectono-stratigraphy, Mines and Prospects, and Land Status (metallic mineral concessions, national parks and areas of restricted mineral entry).

 

For a detailed description (readme file) and pricing information for each of the three databases click on: Greater Antilles readme, Central America readme, Colombia readme or contact RdC.

These databases are designed for mining and exploration companies and for government and private agencies interested in the geology of the Caribbean region. The maps on this web site (without the accompanying GIS databases) are available for free to students, professors and academic institutions: contact RdC.

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Colombia Prospects

ColombiaMap – a GIS database for geology, mineral occurrences and land status of Colombia

ColombiaMap is a five-part GIS database that assembles and displays information related to mineral exploration in Colombia.

  • The Topography module provides shaded relief, bathymetry and digital elevation models (DEM) plus major infrastructure and a topographic map index.
  • The Geology module provides up-to-date geology in vector format plus Topography. It is suitable for those who require only geology and topography.
  • The TS Units module, which includes Topography and Geology, provides a tectono-stratigraphic interpretation of the geologic map based on published references and with an emphasis on intrusive events that are linked to gold and copper mineralization.
  • The Prospect module, which includes Topography, Geology and TS Units, plots the location of 2100 known metallic mineral mines and prospects. Mineral occurrences are linked to current information on past production, reserves and resources and references to the literature.
  • The Land Status module, which includes Topography, locates over 2600 metallic mineral concessions (attributed with ownership and contract date) and plots the location of national parks, forest reserves and other areas of restricted mineral entry.

 

GreaterAntillesMap – a GIS database for mineral occurrences and land status of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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GreaterAntillesMap is a five-part GIS database that assembles and displays information related to mineral exploration in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • The Topography module provides shaded relief, bathymetry and digital elevation models (DEM) plus major infrastructure and a topographic map index for the Greater Antilles.

  • The Geology module provides up-to-date geology in vector format plus Topography. It is suitable for those who require only geology and topography.

  • The TS Units module, which includes Topography and Geology, provides a tectono-stratigraphic interpretation of the geologic map based on published references and with an emphasis on intrusive events that are linked to gold and copper mineralization.
  • The Prospect module, which includes Topography, Geology and TS Units, plots the location of 750 known metallic mineral mines and prospects. Metallic mineral occurrences are linked to current information on past production, reserves and resources and references to the literature.

  • The Land Status module, which includes Topography, locates over 1300 metallic mineral concessions (attributed with ownership and contract date), and plots the location of national parks, forest reserves and other areas of restricted mineral entry.

 

CentralAmericaMap – a GIS database for mineral occurrences and land status of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama

Central America Prospects

CentralAmericaMap is a five-part GIS database that assembles and displays information related to mineral exploration in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

  • The Topography module provides shaded relief, bathymetry and digital elevation models (DEM) for Central America along with major infrastructure and a topographic map index.
  • The Geology module provides up-to-date geology in vector format plus Topography. It is suitable for those who require only the basic geologic and topographic information.
  • The TS Units module, which includes Topography and Geology, provides a tectono-stratigraphic interpretation of the geologic map based on published references.
  • The Prospect module, which includes Topography, Geology and TS Units, plots the location of 1100 known metallic mineral mines and prospects. Metallic mineral occurrences are linked to current information on past production, reserves and resources and references to the literature.
  • The Land Status module, which includes Topography, locates 2900 metallic mineral concessions (attributed with ownership and contract date) and plots the location of national parks, forest reserves, indian reservations and other areas of restricted mineral entry.

 

Testimonials:

“This database is an excellent resource with comprehensive key data for mineral exploration in the Caribbean Basin. From my experience, I can tell that the content of the GIS database is very complete and the information is always current and thorough.”

– Sergio Gelcich, Senior Geologist, Globestar Mining Company

“He trabajado 5 años en Panamá y Centroamerica, Recursos del Caribe ha sido la primera y mejor fuente de consulta geológica en exploración minera por su amplia experiencia en la Cuenca del Caribe; recientemente con Pan American Silver Corp, hemos adquiridos sus productos y estamos muy satisfechos por su contenido y la calidad de su información, es consulta obligada para quienes deseamos trabajar es esta regióñ”

– Carlos Astorga Delgadillo, Gerente de Exploraciones, Pan American Silver Peru S.A.C.

 

Consulting Servicesconsulting-carl-and-nelson

Guiding exploration to discovery

Recursos del Caribe, S.A. is a consulting firm specializing in mineral exploration and development throughout Central America, Colombia and the Greater Antilles. Carl E. Nelson, president, brings thirty years of exploration experience to the company and, since 1987, has worked full time in the Caribbean Basin.

Carl E. Nelson is a co-founder of three junior mining companies and co-discoverer of half a dozen ore deposits. His specialty is the early identification of properties with a real chance to develop into ore deposits. Mr. Nelson also serves as a mentor to graduate students who are working on topics pertaining to the geology and mineral resources of the Caribbean region.

 

Regulatory Framework for Caribbean Basin countries

A spreadsheet summary of the regulatory environment pertaining to mineral development plus copies (in pdf format) of relevant mining laws, environmental laws, foreign investment laws, and regulations.

To see a sample spreadsheet, click Regulations on the Page Index (above and to the right).

 

Stream Sediment Surveys and Geophysical Surveys

Recursos del Caribe has acquired and preserved stream sediment geochemical survey databases and geophysical survey images generated since the 1960’s by companies, government agencies, and the United Nations.  Reports that were intended to be available to the public, including appendices of analytical data, have been scanned; sample location maps have been geo-referenced and geochemical data has been digitized (captured as vector files) to facilitate interpretation. Geophysical survey data, as grd files, is available for certain areas.

For a brief description of the stream sediment surveys included, download: Stream Sediment Survey Index.

 

Radiometric Dates

Recursos del Caribe has compiled thousands of radiometric dates for each of the areas covered by the GIS databases. These radiometic dates along with references to the literature are available with or without the accompanying GIS databases for geology, mineral occurrences and land status.  .

For a brief description of the radiometric dates that are available, download: 

 For pricing information, contact RdC.