Sorry for some misinformation.
"A weird animated graphic depicting a distorted, lumpy Earth has gone viral over the ‘Net in the past few days, claiming that this is what the Earth looks like “without water.”
There’s only one problem with it: nope. Nopity nope nope nope.
That’s not at all what it shows. What it actually depicts is the Earth’s geoid: a way of describing Earth’s gravitational field. The original graphic is a product of the MATLAB package described by Ales Bezdek (credits at that link). Here it is in all its knobby goodness:
Better info about this here:
Original study here:
Regarding this last link, does anyone have a clue how to extract the model from the MatLab package?