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    I'm working on an alternate Earth that has higher sea levels, asteroid impact sites, and other assorted erosion and whatnot. I tried Fractal Terrains demo Fractal World Explorer, but it didn't really give me the level of control that I wanted. Should I take some GIS classes, or is there existing software out there that allows you to manipulate real-world data? Thanks.

    Edit: Turns out what I had tried was Fractal World Explorer- Fractal Terrains may be exactly what I need. My question still stands: Is there any other software out there that could do this sort of thing, short of a full-on GIS suite?
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    What sort of level of control are you looking for?

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    Ideally, I'd like to be able to mess around with elevation, sea levels, and vegetation density, and render images from space level down to ~300 km areas or so. I'd also like it to make my coffee in the morning, if that's not to much to ask.

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    FT should be able to do most of those for a high-level view. It's not terribly good at close-range things, but it wasn't intended to be. It's also not a renderer as such.

    The coffee-maker module is still experimental at this point.

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