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"The Earth Puzzle is a map of the globe unlike any you’ve seen before. Start anywhere and see where your journey takes you. This puzzle is based on an icosahedral projection and has the topology of a sphere. This means it has no edges, no North and South, and no fixed shape. Try to get the landmasses together or see how the oceans are connected. Make your own maps of the earth!"
This map is based on photographs from NASA's Earth Observatory which Nervous System transformed into an area-preserving icosahedral map projection. So, basically, it's made with math, science and lasers. Lasers!
Nervous System's plywood puzzles use new technology (LASERS!) to realize classic jigsaw artistry. Custom software generates patterns inspired by nature to create the puzzle pieces. The organic puzzle piece shapes are cut from plywood by a laser (a LASER!), resulting in a unique puzzle crafted from premium materials that provides new challenges for puzzlers.
There are 441 pieces, including 16 animal shaped pieces or "whimsies". When finished the birch plywood puzzle measures about... well, I guess that depends on how you solve it. It has no edge pieces, and can be solved in multiple ways.