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Here is my problem: enter image description here

I have a fluid simulation of a circular blob of water, and then a UV sphere encasing it. The UV sphere has a material that includes a diffuse and transparent node factored together by a Black and white image of the earth.

When I went to add a solidify modifier to make the 'land' touch the fluid but since the mesh is a UV sphere, not an actual sculpted piece of earth's terrain, the solidify modifier does not work. Any Ideas?

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I found a solution:

First resize the UV sphere so it is a little bit smaller than the surface of the water and UV unwrap it. (Since I am using a distorted map of the earth that is meant for a sphere, sphere projecting the image will work perfectly.)

Second add a subdivision surface (more subdivides=better resolution) and a displacement map to the sphere. Lower the displacement strength down to .1 or .2 and Set the Texture Coordinates to UV:

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Next add a new texture in the displacement modifier and edit the texture under the texture panel. Open the black and white image (Black=Transparent, white=terrain) of your choice and adjust the brightness to the desired amount. (Brightness changes how much terrain pops out.)

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Finally, change the material to have a mix shader of diffuse and transparent, factored by the same black and white image used for the displacement:

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Result (Not the best result but does work):

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