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MetaVR 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 reside in a geocentric coordinate system.

MetaVR VRSG real-time scene featuring high-resolution of La Paz, Bolivia, area of MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain
MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of La Paz, Bolivia, virtual terrain.

These tiles are suitable for real-time visualization and simulation applications that use MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator™ (VRSG™), including synthetic vision, glass-cockpit displays, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications, close-air-support (CAS) exercises, and fixed-wing cockpit simulation.

MetaVR VRSG real-time scenes from the high resolution areas of Arequipa, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; Medellin, Columbia; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Maracaibo, Venezuela, on MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain.
High-resolution Arequipa, Peru area of MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain. High-resolution Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil area of MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain.
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High-resolution Quito, Ecuador, area of MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain. High-resolution Medellin, Columbia, area of MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain.
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High-resolution Montevideo, Uraguay, area of MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain High-resolution Maracaibo, Venezuela, area of MetaVR's virtual South America 3D terrain
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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.


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
Terrain post spacing
Elevation source
Terrain imagery
= 814 GB
= 60 meters-per-post

= 3 arcseconds (70-100 meter)
= 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

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.

Geographic coverage of the terrain tiles of South America. Click Zoom for a closer look at the coverage.
Geographic coverage of MetaVR's terrain tiles of South America.
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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.


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 order the South America terrain directly from MetaVR.

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