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17. Natural Phenomena

The are a large number of naturally occurring phenomena such as smoke, fire and clouds which are challenging to render at interactive rates with any semblance of realism. A common solution is to reduce the requirement for complex geometry by using textures. Many of the techniques use a combination of geometry and texture which vary as a function of time or other parameters such as distance from the viewer.


David Blythe