Many users would like to add a new normalization scheme to their spiderplots in GCDkit, or at least to alter some normalization value or change the order of elements. It is easier than you may think.
The composition of various standards available for normalization and subsequent plotting of spiderplots is stored in the file '
spider.data' in the main GCDkit directory. It is a comma delimited and may look like this:
REE chondrite (Boynton 1984) La,Ce,Pr,Nd,Pm,Sm,Eu,Gd,Tb,Dy,Ho,Er,Tm,Yb,Lu .31,.808,.122,.6,1,.195,.0735,.2590,.0474,.322,.0718,.21,0.0324,.209,.0322 ORG (PearceEtAl.1984) K2O,Rb,Ba,Th,Ta,Nb,Ce,Hf,Zr,Sm,Y,Yb 0.4,4,50,0.8,0.7,10,35,9,340,9,70,8.0
For each normalization scheme, there are always three rows, separated by an empty one from the previous record.
1. The first row contains the title and reference. If the title starts with '
REE', the normalization is supposed to be for REE only and special parameters, such as '
Eu/Eu*', are calculated.
2. The second line gives a comma delimited list of elements in the order they should appear on the plot.
3. The last line is a comma delimited list of normalization values. Please note that the trailing zero before decimal point is optional.
As the file '
spider.data' is read every time spiderplot is drawn, the user can add or delete normalization schemes on his will using any text editor, such as Notepad. Just make sure that you keep a backup of copy of the original file somewhere safe, in case that something gets wrong.