Planet Earth

Marble – virtual globe and world atlas

Marble is a small interactive virtual globe and world atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth: Just like a real atlas or a conventional globe Marble allows you to freely move across its map and lookup places.

Furthermore Marble allows you to zoom in and have many different views on the surface of the Earth A mouse click on a place label will provide the respective Wikipedia article.

Marble is intended to be very flexible; beyond its cross-platform design, the core components can easily be integrated into other programs.

Features include:

  • 11 different views:
    • Atlas.
    • OpenStreetMap.
    • Satellite View.
    • Earth at Night.
    • Historical Map 1689.
    • Moon.
    • Plain Map.
    • Precipitation (July).
    • Precipitation (December).
    • Temperature (July).
    • Temperature (December).
  • Uses a minimal free dataset that can be used offline.
  • Uses Arthur as a 2D painting backend. Depending on hardware and the maps being displayed framerate is approximately 5-20 fps.
  • Uses vector as well as bitmap data: Currently it uses the MWDB II data combined with SRTM.
  • Different Projections: Globe, Flat Map, Mercator.
  • Uses KML-Import to display places (Google Earths open format to store placemarks), Basic GPX support.
  • More than 12,000 locations (cities, mountains, volcanoes) which can be searched for. Highest Mountains of each continent. Automatic Placemark label placement.
  • Renders popular star constellations.
  • Draggable panels.
  • Sun Shading, Real-Time Clouds.
  • Dynamic Coordinate Grid.
  • Measure Tool.
  • Route planning capabilities.
  • Navigation mode called MarbleToGo.
  • Basic Wikipedia integration.
  • Starry Sky Plugins.

Support: Handbook
Developer: The Marble Project
License: GNU LGPL v2.1

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Marble is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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