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Surface Graphics versus Graphics3D features

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  • Subject: [mg24888] Surface Graphics versus Graphics3D features
  • From: "anne barker" <anne.barker at>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 04:46:02 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: National Research Council of Canada
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I have 20 very large data files, with which I am creating a series of
surface graphics, which are in turn converted into an avi. animation. The
data represent an ice surface. I can clipfill the original data file to
create a "water surface" where there is no ice present.

I need to insert 3 Graphics3D objects into the surface graphics to represent
various structures. For example:
barge = Show[
      Graphics3D[{EdgeForm[], SurfaceColor[RGBColor[1, 0, 0]],
          Cuboid[{200, 117.5, -4}, {255.5, 202.5, 4}]},
          ..., DisplayFunction -> Identity]];

This is fine, but the problem I encounter is that my clip-filled surface is
deleted once I combine the Surface Graphic and the Graphic3D item, as the
entire graphics becomes a Graphics3D file, rather than a SurfaceGraphics

I have, in the past, created a surface:

surface = ListPlot3D[Table[0.01, {x, 1, 500, 1}, {y, 1, 300, 1}],
..., DisplayFunction -> Identity];
surface2 = Graphics3D[surface];
surface3 = Insert[surface2, SurfaceColor[Hue[0.63]], {1, 1}];

and then inserted this into the combined plot to represent the "clip-filled"
water surface.  For example:
Show[sg, barge, surface3].

This was fine with smaller grids, but now I'm dealing with 500x300x12 grids,
and each time I try to insert the surface, Mathematica (v. 4.0) crashes.  I
have a very fast computer with a good graphics card, so I'm essentially
wondering if there is a "simpler" way of creating this water surface so that
it won't chew up so much system memory.  Is there a way to represent the
structures as Surface Graphics objects?
Would I need to use ListPlot3D, as I did for the surface, to create the

Thanks from a novice user!

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