[GPlates-discuss] loading features with .xy files
christian.heine at sydney.edu.au
Fri Feb 3 11:14:14 EST 2012
> I am new to gplates. I have some plate boundaries in gmt xy file format (lon, lat) that I would like to load into gplates as features. Can this be done? Can someone direct me to the right part of documentation if this can be done.
I believe this cannot be done in GPlates directly yet but there you can easily get around this limitation:
Use the ogr2ogr command line tool (not sure what OS you're on) and convert from GMT format to ESRI Shapefile. On Mac/unix the command is:
ogr2ogr -F "ESRI Shapfile" output.shp input.xy
After this is done, load the output.shp file up in gplates.
ogr2ogr is distributed with the GDAL Library/FOSS GIS tools.
As GPlates already uses the GDAL library, the functionality to read/write the GDAL-recognized formats (see website for list) will be implemented at some stage.
Dr Christian Heine
Senior Research Fellow
EarthByte Research Group, School of Geosciences
The University of Sydney, Australia
P +61 2 9114 0997
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