Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

Cosmic Sculpture: The Earth

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The latest in my series of projects getting UG students to render various astrophysical objects as 3D models has produced another nice result.

Alongside the previous 3D model of Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies, which can be found here, we now have a topographic model of the Earth!

This is the Earth without oceans, so you can see all the fascinating subsurface topography like continental plates and mid-oceanic ridges. And since this is one an actual sphere there are no distortions resulting from the projection that is used. Europe thus is at its actual size ie. utterly tiny compared to Africa.

Good luck with the 3D printer files – let me know here of any issues experienced in printing them.

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Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

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