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PaleoGIS Supports ArcMap 10.4 and 10.4.1, with Improved Deformation Capabilities

PaleoGIS supports ArcMap 10.4, 10.4.1 with improved deformation

PaleoGIS and PaleoRun for ArcMap 10.4 and 10.4.1

New PaleoGIS functionality includes improved deformation capabilities.

We are pleased to announce that both PaleoGIS and PaleoRun versions 4.3 are now available for ArcMap 10.4 and 10.4.1, with improved deformation capabilities. Installers can be downloaded from our website (Support > Downloads). Version 4.3 for ArcGIS 10.3 and 10.3.1 will be available in the near future.

New Features in Version 4.3
  • Deformation method deforms user vector data, in addition to plate model layers
  • Deformation Assistant tool simplifies implementing deformation
  • Point Path Visualization tool allows selection of analysis point by clicking on map
  • Instantaneous Motion outputs can be added to animations
  • Age drop-down menu includes numeric age ranges for geologic ages
  • Label options include ability to set label location and left-align or center text
About Deformation Functionality

Deformable models that implement the new PaleoGIS v4.3 deformation method can deform both user vector data and the plate model layers during reconstructions, improving the ability to visualize geologic evolution without the inherent limitations of rigid models and data. Implementing this method does not require changes to the model’s plate polygons. Instead, the deformation control is stored in separate feature classes within the model database. Further, this method provides fine-grain control of the deformation process, allowing multiple deformation events for individual plates at different ages. The Deformation Assistant tool makes it easy to add or edit deformation in your model, and it allows changes to be made in the present day or reconstructed reference frames. Existing rigid models are still supported in v4.3, with no change in format, and deformation can be disabled for deformable models easily if desired.

About PaleoRun

Frequently, geoscientists and GIS professionals need to run batch reconstruction jobs in order to process large amounts of data. With PaleoRun, users can create batch jobs that include reconstructions, Instantaneous Motion and/or Point Path Visualization. PaleoRun can be launched manually or scheduled to run—at regular intervals, overnight or over weekends—using Windows Task Scheduler.

As with existing versions, PaleoGIS and PaleoRun v4.3 support most commercial and academic plate models. Please contact Sales@RothwellGroup.com for more information.

 

Plate Tectonics “Father,” Alfred Wegener, Remembered at NAC+ 2016

Dr. Denis M. Schlatter of Helvetica Exploration Services GmbH remembers Alfred Wegener (1880–1930)

Alfred Wegener was a German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist. However, today he is most remembered as the originator of the theory of continental drift, having hypothesized in 1912 that the continents are slowly drifting around the Earth. His theory led later researchers to build on his work and form the basis of the plate tectonics model which accurately describes the large-scale motion of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle.

Check out the insightful account of Wegener and his contribution to modern geology in this paper by Dr. Denis M. Schlatter, for the North Atlantic Craton 2016 conference earlier this year: Remembering Alfred Wegener (1880–1930): Greenlandic and Polar explorer and the father of plate tectonics To see Dr. Schlatter’s supplementary poster with the same title, click here.

Royal Holloway Research Uses PaleoGIS

Reconstruction of India, Australia and Antarctica's breakup from Gondwana

Reconstruction of India, Australia and Antarctica’s Breakup from Gondwana

We are pleased to share with you a reconstruction animation created using PaleoGIS by Dr. Lloyd White of Royal Holloway, University of London’s Department of Earth Sciences (Royal Holloway). Dr. White included this reconstruction in his presentation at the The Roberts Conference: Passive Margins 2016 (Roberts Conference), held at Royal Holloway April 6–8. The conference explores the role of mechanisms such as “depth-dependant and differential stretching through the lithosphere, polyphase deformation, magmatic activity, and the interplay between structure and sedimentation in rift and passive margin development.” (See Event Details at GlobalEventsList.elselvier.com)

Dr. White’s presentation focused on the tectonic evolution of Gondwana and geological record of breakup along the Indian, Australian and Antarctic passive margins.

The plate model illustrated in the reconstruction was developed by Dr. White and follows work presented in White et al., (2013) “A reassessment of paleogeographic reconstructions of eastern Gondwana: Bringing geology back into the equation” published in Gondwana Research. The model was also presented by Dr. White at this year’s Roberts Conference at Royal Holloway.

See the reconstruction animation here: https://vimeo.com/164527985

Please visit Dr. White’s website for additional information regarding his research. And please contact Dr. White for an abstract of his Roberts Conference presentation last month, at Lloyd.White@RHUL.ac.uk.

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