Tutorials (compatible with GPlates 2.x)

Getting Started

Tutorial 1.1: Loading and Saving Data

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Tutorial 1.2: Controlling the View

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Tutorial 1.3: Changing Colours

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Tutorial 1.4: Interacting with Features

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Tutorial 1.5: Creating Features

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Reconstructions

Tutorial 2.1: Plate Reconstructions

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Tutorial 2.2: Changing Rotations, Equivalent Finite Rotations, and Cross-Overs

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Tutorial 2.3: Flowlines and Motion Paths

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Tutorial 2.4: Constructing a Plate Model from Scratch

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Tutorial 2.5: Working with Paleomagnetic Data

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Tutorial 2.6: Introduction to Paleogeography

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Tutorial 2.7: Introduction to the Kinematics Tool

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Raster data

Tutorial 3.1: Introduction to Rasters and Time-Dependent Rasters

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Tutorial 3.2: Rotating Rasters and Age-Based Masking of Raster Data

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Tutorial 3.3: Georeferencing Images for use in GPlates

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Tutorial 3.4: Incorporating Raster and Vector Constraints in Plate Reconstruction Modelling

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GPlates for ArcGIS Users

Tutorial 4.1: Managing Shapefiles within GPlates

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Tutorial 4.2: Preparing Data in ArcGIS for GPlates

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Tutorial 4.3: Exporting Reconstructed Data to ArcGIS

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Reconstructions with Continuously Closing Plate Boundaries

Tutorial 5.1: Topological Closed Plate Polygons

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Tutorial 5.2: Working with Mid-Ocean Ridge Features

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Tutorial 5.3: Velocity Fields

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Visualising Plate Reconstructions Outside of GPlates

Tutorial 6.1: Subduction Zone Symbology

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Tutorial 6.2: Exporting Plate Reconstructions as Image Files

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Tutorial 6.3: Creating an animation from GPlates output using FFmpeg

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Volume Visualisation

Tutorial 7.1: Importing and Visualising 3D Scalar Fields

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Deforming Plate Models

Tutorial 8.1: Introduction to Deforming Networks

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Tutorial 8.2: Plate Deformation - the Andes

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Tutorial 8.3: Plate Deformation - Rift Basins

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Tutorial 8.4: Tracking Crustal Thickness Changes

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Short Course Tutorials

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Tutorial 9.1: Getting Started

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Tutorial 9.2: Plate Reconstructions

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Tutorial 9.3: Introduction to Topologies

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Tutorial 9.4: Deforming Plate Models and Crustal Thickness

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Tutorial 9.5: Volume Visualisation

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Tutorial 9.6: Calculating Velocities

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