You can file the story that follows under the category of Minecraft players are more patient and tenacious than most of us.
Players of the game invest tons of time to re-creating places in game, fictional and otherwise. The project to build Westeros comes to mind. User lentebriesje is taking on a task even more ambitious: building a 1:1500 scale model of our planet. You can already download North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. The massive downloads are based on an equally gigantic 3D map from the National Geographic Data Center. It’s crazy and fantastic all at the same time.
Check out a few pics of lentebriesje’s Earth after the break.