New Internet software aids paleomagnetic analysis and plate tectonic reconstructions



Internet server-side applications are becoming an invaluable source of information for many scientists. This is particularly evident in the case of molecular biology, where raw information and computation tools related to various genome projects are easily and quickly accessible through several Web servers. As illustrated by the pioneering efforts of the Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network (ODSN) service for making online plate reconstructions, the Cornell Interactive Mapping System, the Harvard Centroid-Moment Tensor Project, and the DRAGON project, geophysics has just begun to systematically use comparable network programming technology Within the next few years, many local resources that are currently accessible only at the scale of university departments will be rendered available to a wide public of researchers and students.