GPlates is part of a new generation of plate reconstruction software that incorporates functionality familiar from GIS software with the added dimension of geological time. By enabling the user to rapidly visualize a diverse range of geological and geophysical constraints within different tectonic reconstructions, the implications of different tectonic models for reconciling a variety of observations can be investigated with ease, allowing more informed choices to be made between different models and data. To illustrate the application of this software, the authors explore alternative tectonic models for the assembly of Western Australia and the configuration of Rodinia by using GPlates to reconstruct geological terranes, geophysical grids, and paleomagnetic data relevant to the reconstructions.
An open-source software environment for visualizing and refining plate tectonic reconstructions using high-resolution geological and geophysical data sets
Simon E. Williams et al., University of Sydney, Earthbyte Group, Madsen Building F09, School of Geosciences, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia. Pages 4-9, doi: 10.1130/GSATG139A.1.
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