The other software package in 3D Analyst is ArcGlobe—a startlingly effective piece of software that ought to be used in every elementary school in the nation. ArcGlobe is to a manual globe what ArcMap is to a paper map. It is a software lever that gives you an intellectual advantage in looking at the world.
With ArcGlobe you can
Again, the capabilities of 3D Analyst are best experienced rather than described. You do that next.
1 Using ArcGIS 3D Analyst Tutorial—available through Esri
2 Data in Three Dimensions: A Guide to ArcGIS 3D Analyst by Heather Kennedy. Full disclosure: Heather Kennedy is the author’s daughter.