Continental Units and Rotation file used to generate the reconstructions shown in the book. These are in GPlates format.
More Info about files and how to run GPlates
GPlates is desktop software for the interactive visualisation of plate-tectonics. GPlates runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.
GMAP is a computer program which performs all processing and plotting tasks usually associated with the storage and presentation of palaeomagnetic pole positions, and generation of reconstructions. GMAP runs on Windows.
GMT is an open source collection of tools for manipulating geographic and Cartesian data sets. GMT supports over 30 map projections and transformations and comes with support data such as GSHHG coastlines, rivers, and political boundaries.
This book is merely a snapshot of our present interpretations of the Earth’s changes through time, and the challenge is to refine and illuminate further that very complex story. No doubt further insights will come not only through the acquisition of much fresh data, but also by inspired lateral thinking, which should generate new and improved models for the evolution and margins of tectonic plates and enabling the construction of even more realistic maps of the changing geographies during the Earth’s long saga.
From 2017 we will post updated polygon and rotation files along with new many new data-sets such as a global full-plate model (dynamic polygons) for the entire Phanerozoic.