Mines, mineral occurrences and land status for: Colombia, Ecuador, Central America, the Greater Antilles and Mexico.

These GIS databases, available in MapInfo or in ArcGIS format, include modules containing vector files for Geography, Geology, Tectono-stratigraphy, Mines and Prospects, Radiometric Dates and Land Status (metallic mineral concessions, national parks and areas of restricted mineral entry).

For detailed descriptions and for pricing information click on: Greater Antilles readme, Central America readme, Colombia readme, Ecuador Readme, Mexico readme or contact RdC.    


Multi-element geochemical data, with a focus on stream sediment data, for: Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Panama

The geochemical databases that are currently available (as vector files in MapInfo or ArcGIS format) include: Panama Geochem, Dominican Republic GeoChem, Haiti Geochem, Nicaragua GeoChem, Mexico Geochem, Colombia Geochem, and Ecuador Geochem.


Geophysical (aeromagnetic and radiometric) surveys for: Panama, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Mexico

The geophysical datasets (raw data plus grid files) that are currently available (as vector files in MapInfo or ArcGIS format) include: Panama Geophysics, Nicaragua Geophysics, Dominican Republic Geophysics, and Mexico Geophysics.



“Newmont has purchased multiple products including the Central America, Greater Antilles, and Colombia data sets and the Colombia Geochemical Database.  These digital data sets provide the geological, geochemical, mineral occurrence, and tenement frameworks of each region that lays the foundation to build upon future exploration databases and facilitates a quick start-up of early exploration programs.  The compilations have saved us much time and expense, and Carl’s comprehensive geologic interpretations are an added bonus.”

Daven H. Mashburn, Senior Director, Exploration Business Development, Newmont Corporation

“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 Services

Recursos del Caribe, S.A. is a consulting firm specializing in metallic mineral exploration. Carl E. Nelson, president, brings decades of exploration and management experience to the company and, since 1987, has worked full time in the Caribbean Region.

Carl E. Nelson began his career as an exploration geologist for the Anaconda Copper Company in 1976. When Anaconda was acquired by ARCO, he took a position as a research geologist with Homestake Mining Company where he was responsible for modeling of the McLaughlin deposit and the development of exploration tools for hot spring precious metal deposits.

A 1980 visit to the Pueblo Viejo mine began a long association with the Caribbean region’s largest precious metal deposit and with the controversy over its origin.

In 1987, Carl won a one-year Fulbright Faculty Research Grant to the University of Costa Rica and, in 1988, Carl founded Recursos del Caribe, S.A. (RdC).

Carl is a co-founder of Cuprum Resources, Riverside Resources and Atico Mining. He has served as an officer and director of junior companies including Bellhaven Copper and Gold and Riverside Resources.

Carl is the co-discoverer of a number of ore deposits including McLaughlin (California), Hycroft (Nevada), San Andres (Honduras), El Aguila (Mexico), and El Roble (Colombia) as well as several deposits that have yet to go into production. His specialty is the early identification of properties with a real chance to develop into mines.

Mr. Nelson serves as a mentor to graduate students working on topics in Caribbean geology and, increasingly, has focused on the metallogenic evolution of the region from Mexico to the northern Andes. His mineral occurrence and land status GIS data sets for Mexico, Central America, the Greater Antilles, Ecuador and Colombia are designed to save companies valuable time as they compete to acquire the most attractive properties.

Copies of Mr. Nelson’s publications can be downloaded from: Published Articles

For more information, go to Carl’s Curriculum Vitae or contact RdC

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