Here’s a globe that I built using X3Dom along with some other standard tools in Observable:
This globe is a bit different from most other interactive globes that I’ve seen that are typically either:
- 2D images that are maps in orthographic projection or
- 3D renderings (using X3Dom or THREE) with a texture.
By contrast, this globe is built from a data file defining triangulations of Earth’s 90 largest land masses. The result is a genuine 3D rendering allows more interactivity than a texture based rendering can. (Although, there’s not a lot of interactivity built in just yet.)