Launched: June 3, 2011

Using the HTML5 canvas and Google Maps API, this fractal renderer creates Julia and Mandelbrot sets that users can interact with by zooming in or around the virtual geometric shapes. Google claims each fractal requires a ton of work to create, stating, “each pixel requires the computation of a series of numbers and a measurement of the convergence or divergence of the series. Each image usually consists of millions of numbers.” You can practically zoom in forever and discover amazing visuals, choosing from 11 different fractal options that can be generated in six color palettes. There’s also the option to share created fractals via URL link.

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