Re: [nbos] [FWE] Fractal Geology"Jon Franklin" Thu Sep 13th, 2007
Plates.c might not be getting used because of its copyright restriction:
* Copyright 1988 by Mark Isaak.
* You may distribute this however you like, as long as you don't sell it
* and you keep this notice in it.
I didn't look at the other files, though.
On 9/13/07, Doug Jessee <ldjessee-at-gmail.com> wrote:
> I appreciate you posting the information. I just hope that it goes
> somewhere! Especially in AS2, FWE and FM.
> On 9/13/07, Robert <arkham618-at-hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Several weeks ago, there was a discussion on this list of the geological
> > inaccuracy of fractally-generated world maps. I too noted this problem
> > both Fractal World Explorer and Fractal Terrains and hoped to see more
> > realistic algorithms incorporated into future releases of these
> > but they never came.
> > So I began searching for alternatives and found the following, rather
> > ancient code:
> > http://mark.technolopeorg/progs/plates.c
> > http://mark.technolope.org/progs/cdrift.tar.gz
> > http://mark.technolope.org/progs/planet.tar.gz
> > Curiously, plates.c has been floating around since the late-80s, yet I
> > 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
> > vanished from the web circa 2001.
> > So that apparently leaves the above three links as the only freely
> > continental drift simulators on the internet. I am not a programmer, so
> > can't parse the code, but is there some technical reason that would
> > these programs from being updated and incorporated into an application
> > FWE?
> > Robert
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