NFT Land
Each Next Earth Land tile is a 10x10 m NFT-based replica of a square on Earth.
But to better understand the value of a Next Earth Land tile, consider a video game like Civilization. In that game, players can take over different tiles of land on a fictionalized Earth, and each tile contains different resources and restrictions based on what it represents.
Essentially, Next Earth tiles work the same way. And just like in Civilization, there are many ways to win the game -- and therefore many different strategies to explore. Keep that in mind as we explain the rules governing Next Earth tiles.

Land Types

Next Earth has three types of Land tiles, based on the real-world contents of the tile: water, urban, and non-urban.
Like on Earth, water tiles are the most common. They are best for yield farming and creating Land Art (see below) since they are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. They also contain resources.
Non-urban tiles also contain resources, but are much more flexible. They can be converted into Land Art, but can also be used to build structures in the metaverse. This is where businesses in the Next Earth ecosystem can set up shop and create all kinds of unique experiences for their customers.
Urban tiles generally contain fewer resources than non-urban or water tiles, but have the added benefit of name recognition. Indeed, with our upcoming Points of Interest feature, 80-90% of those Points are on urban tiles and will grant special bonuses to the users that hold them. Unlike the other two types, urban tiles cannot be converted in Land Art.
Land tiles of all types can also include different attributes based on real-world factors such as elevation, biome, etc.

Land Classes

Tiles can have one of two Classes: Art Class or Land Class.
All tiles begin as Land Class tiles, although water tiles are not "full" Land Class tiles due to their building restrictions. Since they are already occupied, urban tiles cannot be converted into Land Art.
Users who own water or non-urban tiles can choose to convert them into Art Class tiles. This is a one-time, permanent change. Once a tile is converted to Art Class, it cannot be used to build metaverse structures. Instead, it becomes a canvas for the owner to "paint" (or have commissioned) whatever image they want. The finished Land Art can then be kept as a collector's item or resold to other collectors.

Skins

Next Earth users can equip all Land tiles (regardless of Class or type) with Skins. These Skins can both change the appearance of a Land tile and alter how it functions. See the next section for more detail on Skins.

Units

All Land tiles (regardless of Class or type) generate units. units are a platform-specific currency that allow users to access Next Earth features, such as a NXTT Wallet. The base rate for all tiles is 1 unit per month.
Certain tile upgrades (including Skins) allow Land tiles to generate units at a faster rate.
Note that units are NOT resources. Unlike resources, units don't have any real-world analogue. Instead, they exist to incentivize Metaverse growth and expansion. On Earth, resources are unevenly distributed and can vary wildly in their relative value, meaning some plots of land are far more valuable than others.
On Next Earth, ALL Land tiles are valuable thanks to the units they generate, meaning there's no risk of any user ending up with a useless asset. This is a key part of our plan to make Next Earth more a more open and equitable ecosystem.

Resources

The placement of resources in Next Earth is covered by the placement of resources on Earth. For example, if you purchase a Land tile that contains a gold mine, that tile will contain a corresponding amount of gold.
However, the VALUE of each resource in Next Earth is governed primarily by Next Earth activity.
To demonstrate that, let's take a brief detour to discuss the Next Earth Launchpad and Platform as a Service.
Whether it's a startup choosing to begin in the metaverse or a legacy business making the transition to the metaverse, all businesses operating in Next Earth will have a chance to choose an unclaimed real-world resource. Once they choose that resource, they can tie whatever utility their business provides to that resource.
Let's go back to gold as an example. Once a business chooses to tie their utility to gold, your Land tile containing gold becomes exponentially more valuable as more Next Earth users use that gold-based utility.