Published Magnetic Picks and Parameters for Tectonic Reconstruction

PIs: P. Wessel (SOEST, U of Hawaii) and R. D. Müller (U of Sydney)
Contributors: M. Seton (U of Sydney), J. Whittaker (U of Tasmania), S. Williams (U of Sydney), N. Wright (U of Sydney)
S. C. Cande (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), J. Stock (Caltech), C. Gaina (U. Oslo), R. Granot (Ben Gurion U.)

Updated 14 July, 2015
North Atlantic Fracture Zone

What is this site?

This is a collection of published magnetic anomaly and fracture zone picks, organized as input files to the "hellinger" program. Both input and output files are provided, including the parameter files, so that users may completely reproduce the published rotations. For more information, see

Seton, M., J. Whittaker, P. Wessel, R. D. Müller, C. DeMets, S. Merkouriev, S. Cande, C. Gaina, G. Eagles, R. Granot, J. Stock, N. Wright, S. Williams, 2014, Community infrastructure and repository for marine magnetic identifications, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, DOI lookup DOI:10.1002/2013GC005176

Recent Activity

Alphabetical List of Publications with Data

The data are organized on a per publication basis. All files released in support of a particular publication have been collected in individual zip files and are available below. Click ZIP download to download a zip archive and use DOI lookup to look up the article at the publisher. In addition to a global compilation archive, individual files are organized per ocean basin.

Global Reconstruction Data:

DOI ZIP Description
N/A ZIP download The complete global compilation to date.

Atlantic Ocean Reconstruction Data:

DOI ZIP Complete Citation
DOI lookup ZIP download Gaina, C., Roest, W. R., and Müller, R. D., 2002, Late Cretaceous Cenozoic deformation of northeast Asia, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 197, 273-286.
DOI lookup ZIP download Müller, R. D., Royer, J.-Y., Cande, S. C., Roest, W. R., and Maschenkov, S., 1999, Chapter 2: New constraints on the Late Cretaceous/Tertiary plate tectonic evolution of the Caribbean, in Mann, P., ed., Sedimentary Basins of the World, Volume 4, Elsevier, p. 33-59.

Indian Ocean Reconstruction Data:

DOI ZIP Complete Citation
DOI lookup ZIP download Cande, S. C., Patriat, P., and Dyment, J., 2010, Motion between the Indian, Antarctic and African plates in the early Cenozoic: Geophys. J. Int., 183, 127-149.
DOI lookup ZIP download Cande, S. C. and P. Patriat (2015), The anticorrelated velocities of Africa and India in the Late Cretaceous and early Cenozoic, Geophys. J. Int., 200, 227-243.
DOI lookup ZIP download Whittaker, J. M., Müller, R. D., Leitchenkov, G., Stagg, H., Sdrolias, M., Gaina, C., and Goncharov, A., 2007, Major Australian-Antarctic Plate Reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor Bend Time: Science, 318, 83-86.
DOI lookup ZIP download Whittaker, J. M., Williams, S. E., and Müller, R. D., 2013, Revised tectonic evolution of the Eastern Indian Ocean: Geochem,, Geophys., Geosys., 14, n1891-1909.
DOI lookup ZIP download Williams, S. E., Whittaker, J. M., and Müller, R. D., 2011, Full-fit, palinspastic reconstruction of the conjugate Australian-Antarctic margins, Tectonics, 30, TC6012.

Pacific Ocean Reconstruction Data:

DOI ZIP Complete Citation
DOI lookup ZIP download Granot, R., Cande, S. C., Stock, J. M., and Damaske, D., 2013, Revised Eocene-Oligocene kinematics for the West Antarctic rift system, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 279-284.

Marginal Basins Reconstruction Data:

DOI ZIP Complete Citation
DOI lookup ZIP download Gaina, C., Müller, D. R., Royer, J.-Y., Stock, J., Hardebeck, J., and Symonds, P., 1998, The tectonic history of the Tasman Sea: a puzzle with 13 pieces, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 12,413-12,433.
DOI lookup ZIP download Gaina, C., Müller, R. D., Royer, J.-Y., and Symonds, P., 1999, Evolution of the Louisiade triple junction, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 12,927-12,939.

Reconstruction Software

The data files provided are designed to be used with software developed by Ted Chang and co-workers [1]. The latest version can be downloaded from Prof. Chang as a Unix tar archive.


  1. Kirkwood, B. H., Royer, J.-Y., Chang, T. C., and Gordon, R. G., 1999, Statistical tools for estimating and combining finite rotations and their uncertainties, Geophysical Journal International, v. 137, no. 2, p. 408-428. DOI lookup

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