How are Minecraft Lands Generated?

Following Kurt's journey from yesterday, one might wonder exactly how Minecraft comes to create such massive, seemingly random landscapes. "Procedural generation!" is the first thing many will say (myself included), but what exactly does that mean? How does it work?

PBS Digital Studios did a brief introductory video on Minecraft, and while the first minute will be very familiar to many of you, what follows is amazing. Learn about how the lands of Minecraft come to be, what Perlin Noise even is, and more!

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