A lot of things have been recreated in Minecraft, including the Starship Enterprise and the entirety of Denmark. But this latest project is the most impressive yet - a full topographical recreation of the continent of Antarctica at 1:1000 scale.
I had a chat to Martin O'Leary, a glaciologist from Swansea University, about how he put it together and then wrote a piece for Wired.co.uk about it. You can read the article here, or here's an excerpt:
Martin O'Leary, a glaciologist from Swansea University, has recreated the frozen continent of Antarctica in Minecraft. The map, which is at 1:1000 scale and contains more than three billion blocks, was inspired by recent recreations of Denmark , the UK and 19th-century Manhattan in the wildly popular sandbox game. "I wanted to transpose [that idea] to somewhere a bit less accessible -- somewhere that's outside most people's experience," said O'Leary in an email to Wired.co.uk.