Supplementary resources for “Absolute plate motions since 130 Ma constrained by subduction zone kinematics”

Williams et al 2015 figure 3Citation
Williams, S., Flament, N., Müller, R. D., & Butterworth, N. (2015). Absolute plate motions since 130 Ma constrained by subduction zone kinematics. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 418, 66-77. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.02.026.

The supplementary data set comprise plate reconstructions from 130 Ma to present-day, designed to be used within the open-source reconstruction software GPlates.

There are eight sets of reconstructions. In each case, the relative plate motion (RPM) model is unchanged; the differences lie in the absolute plate motion (APM) model. This is expressed in the rotation file as the finite poles of rotation that describe motion of Africa relative to the Earth’s spin-axis. These files were the basis of the results presented in the EPSL paper. 

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Additional References
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O’Neill, C., Müller, D., and Steinberger, B., 2005, On the uncertainties in hot spot reconstructions and the significance of moving hot spot reference frames: Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst, v. 6, p. Q04003.

Schettino, A., and Scotese, C.R., 2005, Apparent polar wander paths for the major continents (200 Ma to the present day): a palaeomagnetic reference frame for global plate tectonic reconstructions: Geophysical Journal International, v. 163, p. 727-759.

Torsvik, T.H., Müller, R.D., Van der Voo, R., Steinberger, B., and Gaina, C., 2008, Global plate motion frames: toward a unified model: Reviews of Geophysics, v. 46, p. RG3004.

Steinberger, B., Sutherland, R., and O’Connell, R.J., 2004, Prediction of Emperor-Hawaii seamount locations from a revised model of global plate motion and mantle flow: Nature, v. 430, p. 167-173.

van der Meer, D.G., Spakman, W., van Hinsbergen, D.J., Amaru, M.L., and Torsvik, T.H., 2010, Towards absolute plate motions constrained by lower-mantle slab remnants: Nature Geoscience, v3, p36-40.

Torsvik, T.H., Van der Voo, R., Preeden, U., Mac Niocaill, C., Steinberger, B., Doubrovine, P.V., van Hinsbergen, D.J., Domeier, M., Gaina, C., and Tohver, E., 2012, Phanerozoic polar wander, palaeogeography and dynamics: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 114, p. 325-368.

Doubrovine, P.V., Steinberger, B., and Torsvik, T.H., 2012, Absolute plate motions in a reference frame defined by moving hot spots in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 117, p. B09101.

Shephard, G.E., Mü ller, R.D., and Seton, M., 2013, The tectonic evolution of the Arctic since Pangea breakup: Integrating constraints from surface geology and geophysics with mantle structure: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 124, p. 148-183.

Seton, M., Müller, R., Zahirovic, S., Gaina, C., Torsvik, T., Shephard, G., Talsma, A., Gurnis, M., Turner, M., and Maus, S., 2012, Global continental and ocean basin reconstructions since 200Ma: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 113, p. 212-270.

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