[nbos] [FWE] Fractal Geology"Robert" Thu Sep 13th, 2007
Several weeks ago, there was a discussion on this list of the geological inaccuracy of fractally-generated world maps. I too noted this problem in both Fractal World Explorer and Fractal Terrains and hoped to see more realistic algorithms incorporated into future releases of these products, but they never came.
So I began searching for alternatives and found the following, rather ancient code:
Curiously, plates.c has been floating around since the late-80s, yet I can only find one recent adaptation of it, in a patch for Freeciv (http://www.samiam.org/freeciv/freeciv-1.14.0-tectonics2.patch). Cdrift and planet were made into a nifty Windows program called World Builder, but the graphic output was primitive by today's standards, and it vanished from the web circa 2001.
So that apparently leaves the above three links as the only freely available continental drift simulators on the internet. I am not a programmer, so I can't parse the code, but is there some technical reason that would prevent these programs from being updated and incorporated into an application like FWE?
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