Mother Earth is a series of 7 WebGL demos by OutsideOfSociety using three.js. Each of the demos is a different take on rendering a rotatable Earth. Below is a short repasted summary of the 7 demos.
Classic: The world we all know and love.
Cubes: Lots of cubes, scaled from a heightmap.
Geodesic: A geodesic with vertexcolors from a colormap and heightoffset from a heightmap.
Lines: Lines scaled from a heightmap and colored by a colormap
Horizontal Lines: Lines on a texture drawn by a canvas from a spec map. Also height offset from a height map.
Particles: Particles from a spec map. Totally inspired by gmunk’s awesome movie gui for TRON: Legacy.