Global Geology Data Sets

GIS data layers for marine geology and plate tectonics.

Grids available:

Databases. These will be in c:\mapdata\database directory (or subdirectories there). All open on the map window toolbar with the Database button, and some can be opened rapidly using the button

Data Bases for use in Plate Tectonics Calculations, but which you will not open yourself.

Additional data

Earthquake catalogs

Earthquake focal mechanisms

Landslides and other Natural Disasters

California state waters:

US Geology Data Sets

International Geology

Plate Tectonics

Geology Data sets:

Geologic maps

USGS on-line pubs:

Plate boundaries:  

  • 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.

IODP drilling locations (KML):


Last revision 4/20/2018