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  • I wonder if some sort of grouping algorithm could be produced, so that after certain LODs are passed a cluster of trees becomes a stand, and a larger group becomes a forest, etc. This would also allow for better imaging on smaller plants, because you could still focus on anything larger than, say, single blades of grass, but from even twenty feet they'd become indeterminate bushy things.

    The biggest problem with LOD algorithms I've seen is in handling the transitions. If you're a FPS gamer I'm sure you're familiar with the hideous popping effect of models going from low-polygon versions to high-polygon versions in a single frame. Watching a homogenous stand suddenly pop into individual trees is pretty much garaunteed to break the viewer's suspension of disbelief...