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Friday, January 26, 2018

A Deeper Look at Geography , Natural Resources and Politics

The intersection of geography and politics

 Geography is a crucial element of many political decision and policies. The location of natural resources, territories and boundaries in addition to access to bodies of water impacts decision making on a large scale. The designation of capital cities and voting districts are geographical features that have a significant impact on politics.

Countries and Nations  

The terms country and nation are often used interchangeably, however not all nations are countries and not all countries are nations. A country is a political entity which is equivalent to a state.  A nation refers to a collective group of people bound together by a common culture and shared geography. Some nations have a state, and other nations do not, some states have multiple nations. 
The majority of countries are divided into states, provinces or territories of some kind. There are however some larger countries that don't have clearly defined territories.
Maranello Floor Standing Globe

Countries and the Distribution of Natural Resources

Another significant factor in how geopolitical boundaries are determined is the distribution of natural resources. Natural resources are material located in the environment that are used to provide food, fuel, shelter and clothing to maintain a livelihood. Some of these include, water, oil, vegetation, wildlife, air and sunlight. Resources are necessary to maintain the life cycle on Planet Earth. Various regions of the globe tend to have certain resources. Low latitudes (latitudes close to the equator) receive more of the sun's energy and much precipitation, while higher latitudes (latitudes closer to the poles) receive less of the sun's energy and too little precipitation. 

The temperate deciduous forest biome provides a more moderate climate, along with fertile soil, timber, and abundant wildlife. The plains offer flat landscapes and fertile soil for growing crops, while steep mountains and dry deserts are more challenging. Metallic minerals are most abundant in areas with strong tectonic activity, while fossil fuels are found in rocks formed by deposition (sedimentary rocks). These are just a few of the differences in the environment that result from different natural conditions. As a result, resources are distributed unevenly across the globe. The distribution of natural resources makes a difference in terms of lifestyle and the day to day experience and life perspectives of people living in a country. The lifestyle and experiences of someone in Dubai are going to be quite different from a person living in the heart of Siberia. Climate, solar exposure, and vegetation are a few of the things that impact everyday life.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Geography, Climate Patterns and Weather

Climate is the observable weather patterns experienced a particular location over time. Weather changes from day to day but climate denotes and established pattern. There are several factors that impact weather conditions and climate. The angle of the sun’s rays is one thing that impacts climate significantly. In the tropics, specifically between 23.5° N and 23.5° S at least once a year the noon day sun is directly overhead and the solar rays hit at a direct angle. This is the reason why there is very little change in the temperature throughout the seasons in a tropical climate zone.

In the Arctic and Antarctic (north or south of 66.5° latitude), during the year there are times when the sun is above the horizon for 24 hours a day, this phenomenon is called the "Midnight Sun" There are times in the winter when the sun never sets and times when it never rises. During the summer the sun is low and so the temperature is lower than that of the tropics. The seasonal changes are more drastic than the equatorial zones. The zones closest to the Equator experience temperate weather. Countries like the United States, most of Europe and China have the usual four seasonal changes.

 Frank Lloyd Wright Floor Globe

Climate is also impacted by wind, ocean, mountains and other topographical features. Winds carry moisture over the land. North and South of the Equator, trade winds blow northeast and south east respectively, the convergence of these winds in the tropics forces air to rise and produces weather disturbances . These weather disturbances we refer to as thunderstorms, humidity, monsoons, cyclones, and hurricanes. Approximately 30° from the Equator,  there is little wind and therefore very little moisture blows this far inland from the ocean. At this latitude you will find many of the world's largest deserts, 
portions of Mexico, the Sahara, the Kalahari and other arid regions lie among similar coordinates.

 Oceans moderate the temperature of coastal areas and provide moisture for rainstorms regardless of latitude. Continental climates happen in the mainland of large continents. Mountainous regions because of the sheer distance tend to be dry regions. Southern Canada, Russia and large regions of Central Asia. Two more climates were defined by Köppen's list polar regions and high elevations. Examples of polar regions are the Antarctic and Arctic. The frigid temperature of Antarctica means that there are no permanent inhabitants. Arctic regions are characterized by cold winds and winter temperatures can plunge into the negatives.  The seemingly barren landscape is home to diverse varieties of flora both on land and the surface of the ocean.

US Map of Köppen's list

Weather patterns are a fascinating thing to observe. The changes in temperature and precipitation are aspects of life that impact everyone of us.  Get a globe or map and learn more about the weather patterns and coordinates in which we experience our daily life. Contact us at for more information.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Design, Travel and Geography in 2018

Many New Years resolutions are often based on improving oneself. It might be a push to go the gym more often, eat healthier or just a focus on improving physical health. However, many tend to overlook the importance of resolutions that improve your mental health and ones that might inspire you to really look at the world around you.
The world is vast and wide, and there are incredible things out there just waiting to be discovered. Why not keep a resolution that reflects that, and pushes you to explore more and see the world?
Bringing aesthetic elements such as architecture, travel, and design in your life have a way of changing your worldview, broadening your horizons and really showing you how much beauty there is in the world.

1) Cultivate beauty

Cultivating beauty can mean different things to different people. It might mean building a home around you that reflects the beauty of this world or even seeking out beautiful things in the world.
For example, there is incredible architecture to be seen all over the world - how do you bring those elements to your own aesthetic and home? When you find something that speaks to you, that really overwhelms you with its majesty, how do you bring that feeling into your own life?

Architecture Digest

2) Explore more

In keeping with the theme of cultivation of beauty, the best way to do that is to explore. See as much as you can, discover as much because the world is vast and unlimited in what it has to offer you. Travel is one of those unique experiences that can take you farther from home, but also bring you closer to the things you love.
Use these feelings to inspire your life throughout the year, and find ways to incorporate those feelings when you are at home. But at the end of the day, travel more this year - do not limit yourself geographically, because there is so much out there just waiting for you.


Cape Verde Islands



3) Incorporate more globes and maps to living spaces

One of the best ways to really incorporate these aesthetics of design, travel, and architecture in a tangible way is to add more globes and maps to your living spaces. These can serve as a reminder to you of the resolutions you have made for yourself this year, and help you execute them as well. If you are not sure where your next travel destination should be, why not look at the map and pick from there? Or add more globes to your living spaces so that you always remember how much is left for you to explore.These resolutions are meant to serve as a guide because there is so much nuance within each one that you will always be motivated to keep them throughout the year. Bringing these elements of travel, architecture, and design will show you just how beautiful the world really is, and will make these resolutions far more special. A travel gift is a perfect pairing to these resolutions for the New Year, and the right gift can be an inspiration to continue these resolutions for the year. To learn more about what will pair perfectly with these resolutions, please contact us


Friday, January 5, 2018

Appreciating Travel, Art, Geography and Design

A New Year means a new opportunity to decorate and design interior spaces.
Globes are a classic standby for decorating homes and offices. A large globe or map in a boardroom or conference room lends classic sensibility. Arrange an aesthetically pleasing environment is a worthy endeavor. Like any worthwhile task of presidence external motivation is extremely helpful. New Year's resolutions provide the annual opportunity to make consistent improvements in our lives as well as environments. These are a few suggestions for improving your decor in 2018.

Bold and vibrant colors are very on trend for 2018. Along with monochromatic color schemes. This year offer opportunities to try new things. Accent walls, splashes of color in the form of accessories.
PANTONE has announced Ultra Violet -18-3838 as the color of the year. This particular shade of purple is both mysterious and vibrant. Purple has been a long standing symbol of the unconventional and artistic brilliance. 2018 promises to be a year of individuality and freedom of expression. Mindfulness, spirituality and energy are conveyed by this color. The late musician Prince's record was posthumously released in the summer of 2017. Gucci Spring Collection for this year was presented under ultra violet lights and several head to toe looks were ultra violet. A vibrant color that is reflective of a need for rebirth and transition in our turbulent times.

Take a look at this video for more color inspiration

Appreciating Geography, Art, and Architecture through Tabletop Globes

With each changing season, homeowners often consider various ways to redecorate their living spaces. A stylish tabletop globe is a great way to express interior design and beauty while appreciating geography. It's common knowledge that we spend plenty of time in our homes and offices hence the reason to enhance their aesthetics. Additionally, we need fresh ideas, creativity, and a sense of direction at the workplace, which can only be achieved by a functional globe.
The world showcases such a beauty and ambiance, and what better way to express that in your living spaces with a beautifully crafted globe map? A great globe will encompass the uniqueness of wanderlust through a colorful and informative piece of art in your space. You can choose a model that blends well with fresh and vibrant room colors to make it the energizing centerpiece in your neutral space.

The Capital Q Silver Globe


Travel and Anthropology

When planning to travel the world, a tabletop globe provides a great way to express appreciation of exploration and culture. Globes not only offer aesthetic appeal but also provide a perfect reference Guide. Geographic accuracy coupled with artistic details makes globe maps great pieces for exploring the world.
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Accent in Style

Current trends show that richer, darker floorboard designs are gaining popularity. As most people choose to adorn their living spaces with moodier accessories and bolder color, a great globe map is a perfect way to add a touch of vibrancy and versatility to your home or office spaces. You can use tones of dark-brown alongside greys to exhibit a sophisticated, warm feeling to your space.
 Contact us today to explore a whole lot of options of globes, including kids' globes.

National Geographic Executive Political World Map - Mural

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Resolution to Travel the World

A New Year, filled with new plans
 Five, four, three, two, one... Happy New Year!! In New York City the new year will be brought in with the dropping of the ball in Times Square while thousands of people party together under a rain of confetti. On the other side of the world, Australia brightens the new year with a huge fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House. In Vienna, Austria many people celebrate New Year's Eve by walking down the New Year's Eve Trail at Stephansplatz. Folks in Edinburgh, Scotland take four days to celebrate New Year's in a festival which includes concerts, street parties and more. Parties at the pyramids draw thousands in Egypt, and fireworks burst brightly above St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow. All over the world fireworks, festivities, and fun draw people out of their homes and into fantastic New Year's celebrations.

Making resolutions is another New Year's tradition celebrated around the globe. People resolve to lose weight, eat healthier, learn a new skill, stop a bad habit, spend more time with family, etc. At Ultimate Globes, we'd like to suggest another great resolution: make travel a priority in 2018.


Why make travel a priority?
First of all, traveling not only takes you to different places in the world, it widens your personal world! When you encounter new cultures and see places you've never seen before, you become more experienced, more knowledgeable, and you can understand more of humanity. For instance, a trip to Costa Rica could offer insight into rain forests, the coffee industry, a different language, the city life of San Josè, and the food culture of Costa Rica. Visiting new places around the world is truly a life-enriching experience.

Second, traveling offers adventure! Say goodbye to the ho-hum everyday life that has been boring the socks off you. Say hello to fun and excitement. Spin a globe and point. Anywhere your finger lands could lead to an exciting adventure. A cruise to Alaska? Keep your eyes peeled for whales! An African safari? Watching lions and giraffes in their natural habitat makes a trip to the local zoo pale in comparison. Going to France? Feel like royalty inside the Palace of Versailles. Wherever you go you will encounter places, people, and things that are different from your hometown. Anything could lead to an excellent adventure!

Third, travel is highly educational. Educate yourself and your family. Why read a boring history textbook about the Battle of Gettysburg when you can experience the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? Don't just watch the History Channel! Go to Egypt and see the ancient pyramids for yourself, or explore the Forbidden City in Beijing. We live in a time of global communication, so take advantage of the ease of travel. Explore the places you've always dreamed of seeing!


Fourth, but not least, traveling gives you new perspective on yourself. Getting away from your normal routine allows you to think about your life differently. Travel shakes out the cobwebs in your brain; you may find yourself contemplating ideas you never thought about before! This New Year's make a resolution to improve your life with travel, and then make it happen. At Ultimate Globes, we not only want to sell you globes, we want to inspire your new year. Contact us for great inspiration. Happy 2018!