We are creating a series of animations, titled Visual Earth, in collaboration with educators from the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), and the University of Lyon 1 in France (Lyon 1). We started this project in May 2011 with animations of geologic structures in different environments (below), inspired by the Physical Geology Tutor (PGT), an online resource developed by engineering geologists led by CEE’s Prof. Herbert Einstein. Since late 2011, in collaboration with EAPS’s Prof. Taylor Perron and Lyon 1′s Prof. Nicolas Coltice, we have been working also on interactive 3D visualizations on plate tectonics and climate.


Visit our Visual Earth collection on MIT TechTV to see all completed animations. They were created in Maya and After Effects – if you are interested to learn more about our process, check out also the related posts in our Bits & Pixels blog.

Art and animation by Krista Shapton
Produced and directed by Violeta Ivanova

"I wonder what Piglet is doing.", thought Pooh. "I wish I were there doing it, too."

- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh