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Friday, March 16, 2018

National Pi Day: Pi and Geography

Every year on March 14 we celebrate the Pi Day, pi, not pie. Google commemorates the 30th anniversary of this mathematically inspired holiday with a unique Doodle. Pi, is denoted by the Greek letter “π”. One of the oldest and the most recognizable mathematical constant in the world, Pi (π) is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter. Its value is approximately equal to 3.14159265. It is an irrational number, which means it cannot be expressed as a ratio of whole numbers, and its decimal representation never ends or repeats.
And understanding of pi, was integrated into the human record by various civilizations around 2550 BC. The Great Pyramid at Giza, was built during this time frame, this structure had a perimeter of 1760 cubits and a height of 280 cubits. The ratio of this grand edifice is just about 2 times pi. The earliest written references to pi date back to 1900 BC. The Babylonians and Egyptian estimated the value of pi to be 3.125. Mathematicians adopted the symbol π for the expression in the 18th century: Welsh mathematics teacher William Jones is often credited with the first use of the symbol in 1706.  A common, fun ritual is to memorize multiple digits of this mathematical concept. 

A general awareness of pi has been a component of human knowledge for several millennia. The renowned physicist Larry Shaw initiated this celebration on March 14, 1988. Pi Day received official recognition from Congress in 2009. This holiday has been a catalyst for all sorts of unusual and quirky events. The late Albert Einstein was born on March 14, some individuals chose to dress up in an outfit imitating him. The San Francisco Exploratorium offers various mathematically inspired events. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology releases its undergraduate admissions decisions on Pi Day. This year NASA provided mathematical geniuses with the opportunity to compete in a "Pi in the Sky" challenge complete a set of interplanetary equations.  

Pi, 3.14 is a part of daily life, not just once a year on the fourteenth of March. Obviously pi is of greater relevance to architects, craftsmen, mathematicians. Understanding pi is part of how globes are constructed especially large floor globes like this one. There are so many options for learning about geography and mathematics with globes. The San Marino is a beautiful, classic globe that would be a welcome addition to any home, office, or study. A deep, brown wooden stand contains a 20-inch illuminated sphere. There are over 1000 geopolitical descriptions and boundaries.  A few less common cartographic features such as old ship routes are included, this is visible when the internal LED is turned on. The multi-directional full meridian is constructed from metal and is connected to a wooden ring at the top which allows for complete navigation of the globe. The cord is located between the globe and meridian at the south pole an inline switch is included. Overall assembled size is 38.6"h x 28.3"w x 28.3"d and ships in 2 boxes. Some assembly required.

San Marino Blue Oceans Floor Standing Globe

Friday, March 9, 2018

International Women's Day: Joining Forces around the Globe for Equality

International Women's Day 2018

International Women's Day is a global celebration and collaboration for women around the world. This is a time to evaluate the social, political and cultural achievements of women around the globe.  

The theme of this year's celebration was #PressforProgress, this was a call-to-action to encourage women to seek continued personal and professional development, within their communities and the world at large. Students in various educational setting participated in special debates, events or presentations that embraced the contributions of women to society. 

Discussions were also held about how to improve the living and working conditions of women around the world. Seminars, conference, luncheons, marches and messages were presented. International Women's Day is an annual opportunity to reflect on the progress made in terms of providing education and an improved quality of life to women around the world. Women are disproportionately impacted by poverty, illiteracy and domestic violence. This initiative to improve conditions for women began  March 19, 1911 and has featured different specific issues relevant to the times. The inaugural event focused on suffrage. In more recent times the focus of this day has addressing issues such as family planning, clean water, hygiene products and safety at home and in the workplace for women

Studying geography and other disciplines of the social studies is a great way to learn about the right and needs of women around the globe. The responsibility for raising children and bringing communities together most frequently is one that falls to women. In order to have significant global impact it is important that sisters across the globe unite to improve each others welfare. An understanding of geography, anthropology and social conditions can help each woman take her place as a global citizen and take an active interest in the wellbeing of those in her local community, country and the world at large. Studying a globe and becoming familiar with the different places on the maps can make women in neighbor countries feel more like fellow citizens of the plan rather than aliens from another planet. Global consciousness is crucial for each women realizing her greatest potential. Get a globe for your little girl and talk to her about the culture and traditions of other women around the world. The Safari Pink Animals Explorer Globe is made specifically with girls in mind. The pink colors and internal LED make this one of a kind globe a great choice for little girls to learn about the world around them. 

Safari Pink Animals Explorer Globe

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Safari Explorer Globes: Flora and Fauna across Planet Earth

 Geography, Flora and Fauna

The Planet Earth which we call home is inhabited by all kinds of fascinating flora and fauna. There are so many opportunities for exploration and development. The vast expense of our earthly home is filled with plants, animals and flowers that garner interest and attention. These life forms are crucial components of any ecosystem. Of all the life forms on this planet many are macroscopic but even more are microscopic. The bountiful sunshine and vast amounts of water make life on Earth possible, there are several planets in a solar system, however this one is the only place that can permanently sustain life.  The advent of new technologies has meant that there is a diminishing interest in nature and time spent outdoors.  Interaction with nature is something that now requires designated time. Untouched terrain is no longer a regular part of daily life. Vacations to distant and exotic locations, seasonal trips to beaches and parks are the means of connecting to the wild. Technological gadgets have invaded most facets of daily life. However time in nature is still a beneficial and meaningful part of the human experience. A trek through untamed trails, seeing fearless animals in their natural habitat these are some of the meaningful experiences that break up that monotony that can often comprises everyday living. 

The term flora is a specific reference to plant life, the term fauna, refers to animal life. The use of the term flora in this context was originally implement by Jules Thurman. The term flora was implemented by the Swedish biologist and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus. There are many different ecosystems and biomes that may be observed throughout the world. The various different life forms that may be found are dependent upon the climate, region and weather. There are three different classifications of flora, there are native flora, weed flora and horticultural flora. Native flora is that which is indigenous to a particular region, horticultural flora.  Fauna are also divided into subcategories, mega fauna are macroscopic creatures, micro fauna are microscopic creature like protozoa. In fauna are animals that live in the bottom of a body of water, burying themselves in ocean sediment like plankton. Cryofauna are creatures that live in the polar regions of the world such as the tundra. 

Check out our globes and maps to learn more about different creatures around the world and their habitats. There are so many fascinating things to discover in this planet that we call home. At our website there are many beautiful and unique globes available for purchase. The Safari Explorer Blue Animals Globe and the Safari Explorer Pink Animals Globe are wonderful options for children to gain a better understanding of the world around them. Both of these illuminated children's globes feature physical landmasses and ocean stylings respectively in blue or pink. The internal LED enhances cartographic features and also provides the option to use the globe as a night light or back light.  A great choice for ages three years old or older.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year: Learn about the World with the Como Desktop Globe

Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is a fascinating holiday, between January 21 and February 20, people of Chinese descent gather to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Dragon parades and red lanterns are some of the tradition decorations seen at this time of the year. The exact date at which the Chinese New Year is celebrated changes from year to year,because it is based on the lunar calendar and not on the solar calendar unlike most methods of timekeeping. Various celebrations are held throughout the continent of Asia and not just in China.

This Lunar New Year is a time to invoke positive spirits and omens for a prosperous year ahead. Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival the New Year is the largest and most significant holiday in China. From February 16- February 18, the Year of the Rooster will give way to the Year of the Dog. These are  two of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. Those born in the Year of the Dog are often described as loyal, yet stubborn and selfless yet critical. There are many rituals associated with the Chinese New Year that are stepped in tradition and ceremony. Rituals involving food and fireworks are performed to invoke prosperity and good fortune for the coming year.
Chinese New Year's Decorations

In Chinese culture, red is a color associated with happiness and celebration, on the months leading up to the Chinese New Year, the color red is everywhere in decorations. Malls, office buildings, and shopping centers are decorated in with lanterns in this vibrant hue. Red lanterns are hung from ceilings to invoke positive energy.

Chinese New Year's Market
According to legend, the animals were chosen by the Jade Emperor, who ordered all the animals to come to him and selected the first 12 to arrive as the ones for the Chinese zodiac.
Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

There are so many different fascinating traditions and customs around the world celebrating the beginning of a 
New Year. Learn more about different celebrations around the world by purchasing a globe or map of your own. Pick a place or particular celebration to learn more about. The Como Desktop Globe is a great option to learn about new places, the bright colors and descriptions make it easy to use as a reference tool. An internal LED provides the option to use it as a back drop or night light. Check out our website for this and other fascinating resources to learn more about the wonderful world around us.

Como Desktop Globe

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.

Learn more about geography and the world around you by purchasing a globe
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