[GPlates-discuss] Geological time scale color scales (GTS2012 and Gee & Kent 2007) for GPlates

Christian Heine christian.heine at sydney.edu.au
Mon Nov 4 23:28:38 AEDT 2013

GPlates groupies,

I made a set of GPlates-compatible categorical colorpalettes using the 'official' colors from the Commission of the Geological Map of the World and Gee & Kent's 2007 magnetic polarity timescale. The files are using the GMT CPT format (http://gmt.soest.hawaii.edu) and available through 2 different methods:

1) Access the repository directly: http://bitbucket.org/chhei/gmt-cpts
2) On cpt-city: http://soliton.vm.bytemark.co.uk/pub/cpt-city/heine/ (being slowly updated)

At the moment, GTS2012 is largely complete, other timescales are missing (e.g. Exxon88, GTS2004). However, if you'd like to contribute other colorscales, feel free to download the Git repository and commit your contributions. There's also an issue tracker and I plan to slowly add some more usage examples. Attached 2 screenshots with the static polygon dataset in GTS2012 epoch colors and according to Gee & Kent in black and white.

Of course, these CPTs can also be used with GMT (e.g. making colorbars or coloring time-coded data based on those schemes).

The files are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


 Dr Christian Heine
 Senior Research Fellow
 EarthByte Research Group, School of Geosciences
 The University of Sydney, Australia

 P +61 2 9114 0997

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