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GPlates 1.5 Software and Datasets

GPlates is a free desktop software for the interative visualisation of plate-tectonics. The compilation and documentation of GPlates 1.5 data was primarily funded by AuScope National Collaborative Research Infrastructure (NCRIS).

GPlates is developed by an international team of scientists and professional software developers at the EarthByte Project (part of AuScope) at the University of Sydney, the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS) at CalTech, the Geodynamics team at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) at the University of Oslo.

Data by the EarthByte Group is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Please cite the references listed on this page when using GPlates 1.5 data sets.

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Download the latest version of GPlates Click Here

View the latest User Manual Click Here

View the latest Tutorials Click Here

Standard File Formats for GPlates Click Here

Plate IDs used in GPlates Click Here

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GPlates-compatible Data Files - Features

Below is 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.

Download EarthByte Global Rotation Model Click Here

Download EarthByte Coastlines Click Here

Download EarthByte Continental Polygons Click Here

Download EarthByte Global Continent-Ocean Boundaries Click Here

Download EarthByte Dynamic Polygons Click Here

Download EarthByte Flowlines Click Here

Download EarthByte Gridmarks Click Here

Download EarthByte Hotspots Click Here

Download EarthByte Isochron File Click Here

Download EarthByte Paleomagnetism Click Here

Download EarthByte Seafloor Fabric Click Here

Download EarthByte Global Spreading Ridge File Click Here

Download EarthByte Static Polygons Click Here

GPlates-compatible Data Files - Rasters

Below is 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 Click Here

Download Global Topography Click Here

Download Global Free Air Gravity Anomalies Click Here

Download Vertical Gravity Gradient (VGG) Click Here

Download Global Magnetic Anomalies (WDMAM) Click Here

Time-Dependent Rasters:

Download Global Time-Dependent Age Grid Click Here

Download Time-Dependent Dynamic Topography Click Here


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Data by the EarthByte Group is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For attribution, use the citations from the GPlates Data Sources page.

Legacy GPlates-compatible Data Files (pre-GPlates version 1.5)