Mapping Resources

Like many geoscientists, the Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) is my bread and butter for making virtually all of my plots. This package is easy to install with homebrew, is extremely flexible, and easy to use after a bit of a learning curve. However, it only comes with limited datasets, such as coastlines, and therefore we often have to hunt down map resources for around the interwebs and colleagues. On this page are links to my most commonly used mapping resources and some of my favorite example scripts.

Example station / location plot: Zip archive Just the script

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Example event plot: Zip archive Just the script

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Topography via ETOPO

Vivid topography color palette: topography CPT

Physiographic provinces of the US. physiographic US

No net rotation plate motion model at 2deg x 2deg: NNR data

Transform Faults from the USGS: transform.gmt

Trenches from the USGS: trenches.gmt

Ridges from the USGS: ridges.gmt

Thorsten Becker’s shear-wave splitting database (compiled from multiple sources): JSG Splitting

Prefectures of Japan: Prefectures.gmt

Explore the treasure trove: Map Data Directory