Explore Antarctica from the comfort of your own computer

Antarctica has been recreated in Minecraft using more than three billion blocks!

Minecraft Antarctica1WIRED UK features an article on the work of Dr Martin O'Leary, Research Officer and glaciologist in the Department of Geography. Martin has recreated the entire continent of Antarctica in Minecraft using a Minecraft map editing library, some geodata processing tools and data from Bedmap2, a British Antarctic Survey project.

The map, which is at 1:1000 scale was inspired by recent recreations in the popular Sandbox game. Martin told WIRED, "I wanted to transpose [that idea] to somewhere a bit less accessible -- somewhere that's outside most people's experience."

Minecraft Antarctica2A download of this amazing map can be found at http://www.martinoleary.com/minecraft/

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