GPlates is desktop software for the interactive visualisation of plate-tectonics.
GPlates offers a novel combination of interactive plate-tectonic reconstructions , geographic information system (GIS) functionality and raster data visualisation . GPlates enables both the visualisation and the manipulation of plate-tectonic reconstructions and associated data through geological time. GPlates runs on Windows , Linux and MacOS X .
The goals of GPlates are:
- to handle and visualise data in a variety of geometries and formats, including raster data
- to link plate kinematics to geodynamic models
- to serve as an interactive client in a grid-computing network
- to facilitate the production of high-quality paleo-geographic maps.