Colour-blind friendly global oceanic plate age maps showing the oceanic lithosphere that gets up to 200 Million years old.

Colour-blind friendly global oceanic plate age maps with subdution zones (wide black lines), other plate boundaries (thin black lines), and volcanoes (grey triangles). The ages vary between 0 and around 200 Ma due to ongoing plate motion and recycling (i.e., ocean-plate tectonics). The global oceanic plate age data from Müller et al. (1997) visualised on a custom Interrupted Mollweide map projection from Crameri et al. (2020a) focussing on the World’s oceans. The Scientific colour map ‘batlow‘ is used to represent data accurately and to all readers (Crameri et al., 2020b).

  • Creator: Fabio Crameri
  • This version: 03.09.2023
  • License: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
  • Specific citation: This graphic by Fabio Crameri using data from Müller et al. (1997) is available via the open-access repository.
  • Related references:
    Müller, R. D., et al. (1997). “Digital isochrons of the world’s ocean floor.” J. Geophys. Res. 102(B2): 3211-3214.
    Crameri, F., V. Magni, M. Domeier, G.E. Shephard, K. Chotalia, G. Cooper, C. Eakin, A.G. Grima, D. Gürer, A. Király, E. Mulyukova, K. Peters, B. Robert, and M. Thielmann (2020a), A transdisciplinary and community-driven database to unravel subduction zone initiation, Nature Communications, 11, 3750. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-17522-9
    Crameri, F., G.E. Shephard, and P.J. Heron (2020b), The misuse of colour in science communication, Nature Communications, 11, 5444. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19160-7
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  • Light & dark background versions
  • Perceptually uniform colour map
  • Colour-vision deficiency friendly
  • Readable in black&white

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