Earth’s Continents and Oceans

My daughter is studying the oceans and continents of the world in school. Looking at the static orthographic and mercator projections used in her worksheet gave me the idea to make a dynamic globe visualization showing location of a selection of continents and oceans.

Clicking the buttons below the globe will freeze the focus on the region of interest for 10 seconds.

The animation is derived from Jason Davies’ version of  Mike Bostock’s D3 world tour example and uses code from a custom scrolling map visualization I wrote a few weeks ago.