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Coastlines   Natural Earth  
Holocene & Pleistocene Volcanoes Global Volcanism Program, 2013. Volcanoes of the World, v. 4.7.4. Venzke, E (ed.). Smithsonian Institution. Downloaded 05 Oct 2018. Convert Excel to CSV to DBF.  IT may block, and the file should go to your documents folder.  The version combines two separate files.
USGS Plate Boundaries (line shapefile) USGS, earthquakes pages (KMZ):    
Plate outlines (area shapefile)
  • Bird, P. (2003), An updated digital model of plate boundaries, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 4, 1027, doi:10.1029/2001GC000252, 3.
  • Argus, D. F., Gordon, R. G., and DeMets, C., 2011. Geologically current motion of 56 plates relative to the no-net-rotation reference frame, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. Converted a shapefile
Continental crust outlines.  Can extend significant distances from the coastline. Coffin, M.F., Gahagan, L.M., and Lawver, L.A., 1998, Present-day Plate Boundary Digital Data Compilation. University of Texas Institute for Geophysics Technical Report No. 174, pp. 5. Plates Project, University of Texas 
Hot spots.    From Plates Project, University of Texas.  
Fracture zones.    Originally from the Global Relief Data on CD-ROM, no longer available.

Another option: which has seafloor fabric lineations, including fracture zones, extinct ridges, V-anomalies, discordant zones, and propagating rifts.
Converted to DBF (shorted many field names)
DSDP/ODP site locations:   ODP site at Texas A&M, Deep Sea Drilling Project Sites: Legs 1-96, Sites 1-624, Ocean Drilling Program: Legs 100-199, Sites 625-1222 ArcView files (through Leg 190; provided by Dr. Sebastian Luning).  
Magnetic anomaly point picks Seton, M., J. Whittaker, P. Wessel, R. D. Muller, 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:10.1002/2013GC005176 Prep data
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Global CMT earthquake focal mechanisms: >50,000 earthquakes from 1977 on. This has the focal mechanisms, depth, date, magnitude, and a rough classification of the earthquakes which have very little oblique slip
  • Dziewonski, A. M., T.-A. Chou and J. H. Woodhouse, Determination of earthquake source parameters from waveform data for studies of global and regional seismicity, J. Geophys. Res., 86, 2825-2852, 1981. doi:10.1029/JB086iB04p02825
  • Ekström, G., M. Nettles, and A. M. Dziewonski, The global CMT project 2004-2010: Centroid-moment tensors for 13,017 earthquakes, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 200-201, 1-9, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2012.04.002
Global CMT   
Marine magnetic anomalies (lines): loads data base with digitized marine magnetic anomalies.    From the Global Relief Data on CD-ROM.  
Time scale Gee and Kent (2007)      
Marine Magnetic Reversal Time Scale Cande, S.C., and D.V. Kent, 1995, Revised calibration of the geomagnetic polarity timescale for the late Cretaceous and Cenozoic, J. Geophys. Res., vol. 100, pp.6,093-6,095.    
Plate reconstruction total poles
  • Cox, A., and Hart, R.B., 1986, Plate tectonics: How it works, Blackwell.
  • Duncan, R.A., and Richards, M.A., 1991, Hotspots, mantle plumes, flood basalts, and true polar wander: Reviews of Geophysics, vol.29, no.1, p.31-50.
Global subduction zone geometries, with dips and depths Hayes, G. P., D. J. Wald, and R. L. Johnson (2012), Slab1.0: A three?dimensional model of global subduction zone geometries, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B01302, doi: 10.1029/2011JB008524. convert TXT to DBF, and then to a grid.


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