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GeoArctic's deformable plate models provide the foundation for the
Global Tectonics Project.
Developing the first global palinspastic deformable plate model.


North Atlantic

The North Atlantic study covers the conjugate margins of Newfoundland-Ireland and East Greenland-Europe and sheds light on the deep water hyperextended basins around the margins


Baffin-Labrador-West Greenland

The Baffin-Labrador-West Greenland study provides new insights into the complex interaction between rifting, strike-slip fault zones, and Cenozoic compression.


Circum-Arctic and Barents Sea

The Circum-Arctic study is based on years of work in the area, reinterpretation of all relevant public domain data, and new gravity and structural modeling.


Central Atlantic

The Central Atlantic study covers the conjugate margins of Newfoundland-Iberia, Nova Scotia-Morocco, and the US Eastern Seaboard-Northwest and West Africa.

Deformable Plate Modelling

Our models quantify and accommodate the amount and direction of crustal stretching and shortening for key tectonic events at convergent, extensional and transform margins using a proprietary palinspastic deformable-margin plate reconstruction software and method.


Exploration on deep-water continental margins brings increased awareness of the importance of plate kinematic modelling and deformable plate tectonic reconstructions as exploration tools. Rigid plate kinematic models do not adequately model the complex multiphase breakup history of the North and Central Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

As continental crust is extended on rifted margins prior to breakup, there is plate overlap along these margins when plates are reconstructed using rigid plate kinematic models alone. Shortening of the crust takes place on convergent margins resulting in underfit when the plates are reconstructed.

The accurate reconstruction and restoration of plate margins required a new approach to plate kinematics and a new generation of plate reconstruction software.

News and Events

Recent Publications

Ady, B. E. & Whittaker, R. C., (2018): Examing the influence of tectonic inheritance on the evolution of the North Atlantic using a palinspastic deformable plate reconstruction (in Tectonic Evolution: 50 Years of the Wilson Cycle Concept, Geological Society of London Special Publication)


Upcoming Events

AAPG ACE Convention 2020, Houston
Whittaker, R. C. & Ady, B. E. Forward Tectonic Modelling of Newfoudland and Its Conjugate Margins: A new approach to exploration in deep water basins.
Oral presentation


March 2019: Global Tectonics Project Launch

The Global Tectonics Project goal is to develop the first global palinspastic defromable plate model based on the method described by Ady and Whittaker (2018).