Research article | Reconstructing seafloor age distributions in lost ocean basins


Simon Williams, Nicky M. Wright, John Cannon, Nicolas Flament, R. Dietmar Müller, Reconstructing seafloor age distributions in lost ocean basins, Geoscience Frontiers, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 769-780, ISSN 1674-9871,

• New method to generate maps of seafloor age from tectonic reconstructions.
• We compute seafloor ages with sensitivity analyses for the last 410 Myr.
• Reconstructions compatible with variations in mean seafloor age of ~15 Myr.
• The reconstructed age-area distribution is rarely triangular.
GPlates, open-source software

Animations of results at 1 Myr increment are provided as a digital supplement, together with the code used to generate them. The source code and data files to reproduce all results in this study are freely available at siwill22/agegrid-0.1 v1-alpha | Zenodo.

Plate reconstructions, Sea level, Seafloor spreading, open-source, software, GPlates

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