I have downloaded the shape files from here but the shape files will not load correctly in any shape file viewer I have.

Does anyone know of any other shape file that contains the tectonic plates?

  • They open fine for me on QGIS 2.0
    – ojdo
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 10:40
  • Thanks, I downloaded QGis (It looks great, first time for me) and Did a Check geometry Validity and it had 141 Errors. Guess this is what is causing issues with that file. I'm not a Qgis user, so any suggestions welcome on resolving the errors Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 19:07

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I solved this problem using QGis with the following steps:

  1. Vector -> Geometry Tools -> Check Geometry Validity
  2. Vector -> Geometry Tools -> Simplify Geometry
  3. Saved as a new Shape File

It loaded just fine after this

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