GPlates Web Service

Calculate Paleo-geographic Coordinates

Description:

Reconstruct the geographic locations from present day coordinates back to their paleo-positions. Each location will be assigned a plate id and moved back in time using the chosen reconstruction model.

Example:

The URL below reconstructs two locations((lon:95,lat:54)(lon:142,lat:-33)) back to 140 million years ago using the "default" reconstrution model.

https://gws.gplates.org/reconstruct/reconstruct_points/?points=95,54,142,-33&time=140


Reconstruct Feature Collection

Description:

Reconstruct feature collection in GeoJSON format back in time. Each feature will be assigned a plate id and moved back in time using the given reconstruction model. Reconstructed features will be returned in GeoJSON format.

Example:

https://gws.gplates.org/reconstruct/reconstruct_feature_collection/?feature_collection={"type":"FeatureCollection","features":[{"type":"Feature","geometry":{"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[23,-20],[-9,35],[14,44],[23,-20]]]},"properties":{}}]}&geologicage=140&model=SETON2012


Reconstruct Coastlines

Description:

http GET request to retrieve reconstructed coastline polygons

Example:

https://gws.gplates.org/reconstruct/coastlines?time=140


Run Reconstruction Service In A Docker Container

The GPlates team has prepared a Docker container for users to run the service in their own computers. Running the GPlates Web Service locally inside a Docker container is especially important in the following scenarios:

  • User's program requires short response time and low latency.
  • User has a large volume of data to process and can provide much more computational power than GPlates server.
  • User has concerns about sending their data to a remote server.
  • User cannot access internet service all the time or the internet service is very poor.


The GPlates Web Service Docker container can be downloaded from Docker Hub.