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South America 3D Terrain

South America 3D Terrain


MetaVR's seamless 3D terrain of the continent of South America is constructed with 3-arcsecond STRM elevation data and with natural color imagery ranging from  0.60 to 15 meter-per-pixel (mpp) resolution.

Covering an area over 17,814,000 sq km (1,718 geocells), the terrain includes 0.60 mpp high-resolution natural color insets of many South American capital cities and other cities of interest. Built with MetaVR’s Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®, the round-earth Metadesic-formatted terrain tiles are for use in MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG).

These tiles, which reside in a geocentric coordinate system. are suitable for real-time visualization and simulation applications including synthetic vision, glass-cockpit displays, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications, close-air-support (CAS) exercises, and fixed-wing cockpit simulation.

The South America 3D terrain is "Additional Materials" and is provided "as is" as described in our license agreement.  Although MetaVR might modify or enhance the original source imagery, some visual artifacts from the source imagery might remain in the terrain tiles.

Geographic coverage by imagery resolution

The following symbolic representation shows the geographic coverage of this 3D dataset’s terrain tiles of all of South America. This terrain tile coverage map was generated with MetaVR’s Model Viewer. The areas in green indicate 15 mpp imagery, the orange-brown areas indicate 1 mpp resolution imagery, and the bright red areas indicate imagery resolution of less than 1 mpp.

Geographic coverage of MetaVR terrain tiles of South America.


Below are specifications for MetaVR’s South America terrain dataset in round-earth Metadesic format (MDS).

Dataset size: 1,718 geocells (17,814,000 sq km)

Size on disk: 814 GB

Terrain post spacing: 60 meters-per-post

Elevation source data: 3 arcseconds (70-100 meter)

Imagery source data:  15 meter-per-pixel NaturalVue imagery, with 60 cm high-resolution natural color insets of:
- Buenos Aires and Cordoba, Argentina
- Cochabamba, La Paz, and Santa Cruz, and Sucre, Bolivia
- Belo Horisonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Barranquilla, Bogota, and Medellin, Columbia
- Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador
- Cayenne, French Guyana
- Asuncion, Paraguay
- Arequipa and Lima, Peru
- Paramaribo, Suriname
- Montevideo, Uraguay
- Caracas and Maracaibo, Venezuela


MetaVR's South America 3D terrain is delivered on an external hard drive. The terrain is provided in MetaVR's round-earth Metadesic terrain format and will only run with a valid VRSG version 6 software license with valid software maintenance. A fee covers processing large quantities of data into Metadesic format and hard drive distribution media.

MetaVR's South America 3D terrain is available for purchase to MetaVR customers who are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). Customers can duplicate the data at their discretion as long as the data is used in conjunction with a valid VRSG license.

You can request a quote for this 3D terrain directly from MetaVR by consulting the price list and then filling out the quote request form.