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GPlates-compatible Data Files - Features
Below are a list of GPlates-compatible data files that can be loaded seamlessly in GPlates. The feature data are available as .gpml (GPlates Markup Language), .dat (PLATES4), .shp (ESRI Shapefile) and .xy (long, lat with header record) formats. The image shows all the datasets provided.

Download EarthByte Global Rotation Model Click Here (License)
Download EarthByte Global Plate ID Assignments Click Here (License)
Download EarthByte Global Coastline File Click Here (License)
Download EarthByte Global Present Day Isochron File Click Here (License)
Download EarthByte Global Continent-Ocean Boundary File Click Here (License)
Download EarthByte Global Spreading Ridge File Click Here (License)

GPlates-compatible Data Files - Rasters
Below are a list of GPlates-compatible present-day rasters and time-dependent raster images that can be loaded seamlessly in GPlates. The raster data are available as a series of jpgs.

Download Global Present Day Agegrid for use in raster reconstructions Click Here (License)
Download Global Time-Dependent Oceanic Crustal Age Files (0-140 Ma) Click Here (License)
Download Global Time-Dependent Oceanic Seafloor Spreading Rate Files (0-140 Ma) Click Here (License)
Download Global Time-Dependent Dynamic Topography Files (0-70 Ma) Click Here
Download Global Age-Coded Seismic Tomography Files (0-200 Ma) Click Here
More Raster Images are available from the NGU website Click Here

Global Plate Polygon Files
We provide 2 different types of global plate polygon files, each with different uses:
1. EarthByte Plate Model 2009 Present Day Static Plate Polygon Files
2. Dynamic Closed Plate Polygon Data Files (Gurnis, M., Turner, M., Zahirovic, S., DiCaprio, L., Spasojevic, S., Müller, R.D., Boyden, J., Seton, M., Manea, V.C., and Bower, D., 2012, Plate Reconstructions with Continuously Closing Plates, Computers and Geosciences, 38, 35-42, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.04.014 Download Paper)


1. EarthByte Plate Model 2009 Present Day Plate Polygon Files
These static polygons represent the boundaries of present day plates as well as presently preserved palaeo-plate boundaries. The polygons are broken up by age over the ocean floor based on the Müller et. al. (2008) present day agegrid. Plates that have been created or destroyed in the past are not incorporated into this model. The plate polygons are based on the EarthByte 2009 plate model (Click Here). This dataset is compatible with the EarthByte present day coastline file. The file can be loaded into GPlates, other GIS software (such as ArcGIS, PaleoGIS, Quantum GIS, GRASS GIS, SAGA GIS, etc) as well as technical computing programs such as Matlab. For more info, Click Here

Download EarthByte Plate Model 2009 Plate Polygon File Click Here (License)

2. Dynamic Closed Plate Polygon Data Files (Gurnis, M., Turner, M., Zahirovic, S., DiCaprio, L., Spasojevic, S., Müller, R.D., Boyden, J., Seton, M., Manea, V.C., and Bower, D., 2012, Plate Reconstructions with Continuously Closing Plates, Computers and Geosciences, 38, 35-42, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.04.014 Download Paper)
These polygons represent continuously closing plates from 140 Ma to the present (see Gurnis et. al. Submitted for more details). Unlike the present day polygons listed above, these polygons dynamically change shape as the plate boundaries evolve. Plates that once existed in the past are incorporated. The plate polygons are based on the EarthByte 2007 global plate model. This dataset is best used for any global plate kinematic analysis, as boundary layer input into mantle convection software such as CitcomS and can be used to assign plate identifications to your dataset. The limitation of this dataset is its resolution, with only 40 plates existing during the last 140 Myrs. The plate polygons are available as GPML (GPlates Markup Language) files, which can be manipulated and translated to other formats with GPlates. The data are also available as static polygons in 1 Myr intervals. For more info, Click Here

Download Global Plate Polygons (Gurnis et. al. Submitted) (0-140 Ma) and corresponding rotation file Click Here


Publications
Boyden, J.A., Müller, R.D., Gurnis, M., Torsvik, T.H., Clark, J.A., Turner, M., Ivey-Law, H., Watson, R.J. and Cannon, J.S., 2011, Next-generation plate-tectonic reconstructions using GPlates, in: Geoinformatics: Cyberinfrastructure for the Solid Earth Sciences, Keller G.R. and Baru, C., eds., Cambridge University Press, p. 95-114.

Gurnis, M., Turner, M., Zahirovic, S., DiCaprio, L., Spasojevich, S., Müller, R.D., Boyden, J., ., M., Manea, V.C., Bower, D. and Zahirovich, S., 2012, Plate Reconstructions with Continuously Closing Plates, Computers and Geosciences, 38, 35-42, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.04.014.

Williams, S., Müller, R.D., Landgrebe, T. C.W., Whittaker, J.M., 2012, An open-source software environment for visualizing and refining plate tectonic reconstructions using high resolution geological and geophysical data sets, GSA Today, 22, no. 4/5, doi: 10.1130/GSATG139A.1.

Qin, X., Müller, R.D., Cannon, J., Landgrebe, T.C.W., Heine, C., Watson, R.J., and Turner, M., 2012, The GPlates Geological Information Model and Markup Language, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst. Discuss., 2, 1­63, doi:10.5194/gid-2-365-2012. Download Paper