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Re: Editable Images of the Globe?

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  • Subject: [mg13230] Re: Editable Images of the Globe?
  • From: Martin Kraus <mkraus at>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 03:17:30 -0400
  • Organization: Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Theoret. Physik III
  • References: <6ocs0v$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

AES wrote:
> I'd like to acquire (or be able to create) editable (and rotatable)
> color images of the globe, with continents, countries, oceans, etc., to
> which I could add additional information, e.g. airline routes, using
> either built-in software or some standard tool like Illustrator or
> Mathematica.
> This is an "amateur level" project, for fun not professional, so I'd
> like the data and tools to be (a) inexpensive and (b) easy to learn.
> Any suggestions?  (I know about Digital Wisdom and MapArt.)
> Thanks   -- siegman at

Mathematica provides polygon data of countries in the package
Miscellaneous`WorldData`. This is probably enough for fun, however you
will need some calculations to produce a projection onto a globe.
(Sorry, I have no access to these calculations right now.) I once
reduced the polygons of countries to polygons of continents, as the
number of countries turned out to be too great for a real-time
animation with the LiveGraphics3D applet. (See for a
rotatable Mathematica graphic of a globe in the web.)

Hope that helps

Martin Kraus

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