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An open-source software environment for visualizing and refining plate tectonic reconstructions using high-resolution geological and geophysical data sets

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Williams, SE and Muller, RD and Landgrebe, TCW and Whittaker, J, An open-source software environment for visualizing and refining plate tectonic reconstructions using high-resolution geological and geophysical data sets, GSA Today, 22, (4-5) pp. 4-9. ISSN 1052-5173 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 GSA Today

Official URL: http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/22/

Abstract

We describe a powerful method to explore spatio-temporal relationships within geological and geophysical data sets by analyzing the data within the context of tectonic reconstructions. 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. Here we use GPlates to reconstruct geological terranes, geophysical grids, and paleomagnetic data within alternative tectonic models of the assembly of Western Australia and the configuration of Rodinia. With the ability to rapidly visualize a diverse range of geological and geophysical constraints within different reconstructions, users can easily investigate the implications of different tectonic models for reconciling a variety of observations and make more informed choices between different models and data.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plate tectonics, GPlates, geophyiscs
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Marine Geoscience
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Author:Whittaker, J (Dr Jo Whittaker)
ID Code:84434
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2013-05-14
Last Modified:2015-08-05
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