Terra Antiqua

Terra Antiqua is a registered plugin for the software QGis that deals with the reconstruction of paleogeography. It simplifies the reconstruction process by using the graphical user interface of QGis. It provides a complete set of tools to edit Digital Elevations Models (DEM) for paleoreconstructions, and offers a user-friendly GUI (graphical user interface) with robust algorithms geared to manipulate geographic features generating maps for different time slices.

The workflow is intuitive, and the user is provided with guiding tips for each algorithm and tool. Terra Antiqua takes as an input rotated (e.g., in Gplates) present-day topography and bathymetry (e.g.: Müller et al., 2008) alongside vector masks that are used to define the continental blocks.

A user’s manual is available where we detail each of Terra Antiqua’s tools, its use, and technical characteristics. There, step by step indications serve as guidance for the practical use of each tool.

An exercise is available to get you through the basic tools. Ask us if you want to participate to the next workhshop.

Diego Ruiz, Jovid Aminov, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet

Application of Terra Antiqua to Future Earth:

See related article by Douwe van Hinsbergen