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This picture shows a stereo-pair of the globe. The green areas depict land, and the black areas depict ocean. The pink areas represent two iso-surfaces of extremely high temperature zones in the Sahara Desert and the Persian Gulf States.

If this picture is viewed with a stereographic device, the iso-surfaces can be realized as three-dimensional objects. The data of this picture were created by a climate simulation model, Community Climate Model (CCM) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The data were generated on a Fujitsu supercomputer VPX 200. NASA's visualization software system FAST was used to generate this stereo-pair. The workstation used was an SGI Onyx. 

Today, a similar simulation can be done with a high performance workstation, and visualization can be done with a power PC. A paper is published to demonstration that a PC with a public domain software can achieve good quality scientific visualization materials.