from Latin Terra (“goddess of the earth; the Earth itself”), the Roman earth goddess, equivalent to the Greek “Gaea”.
the planet Earth.
a female given name.
The use of Terra as a name for the planet Earth is particularly common among science fiction writers, due to the use of Latin as international science tongue. In these works, geological-looking landforms appear, like black and white aerial photography of mountainous landscapes or rock formations or emergent coastlines.
These Terrae or earth textures are created with ink and water puddles on paper left outside in the sun to dry. The quicker it evaporates the more defined the contours, so the hotter the weather the better the result. These are the instruments of creation. The process is as much experimentation as it is meditation, a quiet exploration of the inner landscape.