Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Global Paleomagnetic Data Base developed into its visual form



The Global Paleomagnetic Database (GPMDB) created and developed by M.W. McElhinny and J. Lock is used by researchers all over the world. The well-known version of this data base is in Microsoft Access format, a user-friendly interface that requires no programming skills. The next step in developing these data bases lies in the visualization of data and the integration of the paleomagnetic data with Geographical Information Systems (GIS). One of the most popular GIS software applications among Earth scientists is Arc View, which was developed by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). A new Arc View 3.1 application visualizes the GPMDB and provides a range of new possibilities for interactive search, analysis, and plate tectonic applications of paleomagnetic data.