What is GPlates?

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.
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