Recent GPlates research and datasets
Plate tectonic raster reconstruction in GPlates
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Community infrastructure and repository for marine magnetic identifications
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Convergence of tectonic reconstructions and mantle convection models for significant fluctuations in seafloor spreading
Full-fit reconstruction of the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay
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Geological, tomographic, kinematic and geodynamic constraints on the dynamics of sinking slabs
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Pacific slab pull and intraplate deformation
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Early Eocene climate model boundary conditions
Mapping crustal thickness using gravity data: Methods and uncertainties
Other publications by the EarthByte Group can be downloaded here.
GPlates Version 1.4 Released!
This latest update of GPlates brings added functionality for the export of both numerical floating point-data and colour reconstructed rasters, for a user specified region and resolution. There is also greater flexibility for raster file import, with ERMapper, Erdas Imagine and GeoTIFF files now supported and geo-referencing is retained from source files.
A new 'Move Pole' canvas tool has been introduced that permits modification of reconstruction poles by dragging, or entering coordinates.
Other features added in 1.4:
- Velocity smoothing at plate boundaries
- Spreading asymmetry supported for mid-ocean ridges
- More accurate half-stage rotation at mid-ocean ridges
- Preview functionality for volume visualisation 3D scalar fields
Asymmetry of the South Atlantic Mantle Modelled Dr Nico Flament
and others (2014) present models of mantle flow since 200 Ma, that predict mantle temperature, lithospheric stretching, crustal thickness and topography and successfully reproduce the first-order asymmetry of the South Atlantic mantle and uplift in southern Africa through numerical modelling and simulation.
Read the research paper published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
Research Focus Geology
Dr Christian Heine
and Dr Sascha Brune's 2014 paper
was chosen as a Research Focus for the Geology March edition
. Their study, which can be downloaded here
, addresses the role of rift obliquity during the opening of the Equatorial Atlantic and the subsequent acceleration of South America.They received extensive international media attention, and these stories are available here