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PyGPlates Examples

Geology Reconstruction

PyGPlates for Teaching


Web Service Reference

GPlates web service interface allows users to access plate tectonics reconstruction services via Internet. The interface has been designed to provide paleo-geographic coordinates in a simplest way.

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Web Service Examples

Examples of how the GPlates web service can be used in various environments. Theoretically, the service can be used in any devices which have implemented HTTP protocol and have Internet connection.

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Python API

pyGPlates enables access to GPlates functionality via the Python programming language. It can be used to load geological data, reconstruct it to past geological times and export the results.

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