Okay, last huge post I promise, I'll put it in spoiler tags this time. Just a copy paste from post I made on the official forums trying to sell people on a seed I think is pretty terrific.
(***edit - okay, sorry, spoiler tags are redundant on this site, if you're trying to make the post look shorter...)
Okay, I think I've been failing to sell people on this seed of mine, but I think it could be a really good one for people who keep asking for a very land-heavy seed. It's also awesome for many other reasons, with I think the best balance of terrain I've yet found.
I was also MISTAKEN in previous posts about the amount of clay on it. Doubting myself, I generated the seed again and found that my clay-finding skills have increased heaps (as you would expect) since the day the clay patch came out. So, the seed DOES have clay, I was just crap at finding it before. After scouting pretty heavily, I found roughly 300 confirmed blocks of clay and a good chance of more than that in a couple of deposits that were hard to get to (two large deposits under water under ice lake) - the reason it is so hard to find on this map is that the vast majority of it is in odd spots underwater or around the huge frozen lake zone in the north (so, hidden under snow and ice.)
If the shadow bug with glass and ice blocks gets fixed, it may become much easier to find clay in that region (as all blocks directly under ice are currently black.)
Here's the map of the seed:
The south is dominated by huge, flattish plains and deserts.
There are some extreme hills around the map but they are not everywhere like some maps. (here at eastern end of southern plains)
Here's some pics from the NE of the huge winter zone. It's really good landscape for building, not extreme hills but gentle slopes.
Looking down from NE hill:
Looking east at NE hill and :
Looking west from same spot.
Further in that direction is the vast frozen lake area.
You MIGHT spawn at roughly x-40 z 89 (Everytime I generate the map I pop up somewhere else) - this location is an ideal one for a main base. There's close access to the plains to the south, a path around a mountain leading to the snow area to the north, a small water supply and sand supply with some sugar cane around the corner to the south of the mountain, and pumpkins to the east. The mountain top is just above cloud level for people (like me) who want high constructions above cloud.
Here's my main base made at that area:
I'll put in spoiler tags locations of clay I just went through, there are dungeons of course that I never recorded the location of, but I just found one then that's easy to access and has a saddle in it at x-190 y 69 z-159 (in a hillside on the shore of the frozen lake.)
X-141 Z-217 (84 blocks)
x-324 Z136 (15 blocks)
x-400 z-344(70 blocks)
Large deposits under ice lake: x-156 z-242, x-117 z-250
x-256 z 128 (12b)
x-366 z 142 (15b)
x-346 z 171 (57b)
x-288 z 171 (18b)
(there's a bunch of 1-3 block locations too which are pretty self evident if you are exploring.)
Edited by ubergine at 14:19:39 13-08-2012