Newcomer question: is it possible to create a 3D terrain map that is bounded by a lat/lng rectangle?


first of all: awesome work.

second: I have searched for a couple of hours but I can't find a way to restrict a 3D terrain model to some lat/lng rectangle or box.

I want to create a 3D map, but like one of these plastic maps: with a rectangular base. I don't want to see the horizon, it should look and feel like a small model...

Like this:

My guess is it would feel very natural to look at and orient at will...

The best example online I could find is this:

If possible this should also restrict the amount of computational work I think...

Thanks in advance, this would be so great...

Greetings Lon


I don’t think it is currenlty possible to only render a part of the map. However, we do have a 2.5D mode we call Columbus View that is a 2D map with height. Here is an example with terrain:

var viewer = new Cesium.Viewer(‘cesiumContainer’, {
terrainProvider: new Cesium.CesiumTerrainProvider({
url : ‘’,
requestWaterMask : true,
requestVertexNormals : true
baseLayerPicker: false,
sceneMode: Cesium.SceneMode.COLUMBUS_VIEW