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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Best Globe Makers for Both Traditional and Contemporary Tastes

Buying world globes is still a satisfying experience for both the young and old based on how generational globes are. You can go back several hundred years and notice ordinary people and those of renown had globes in either their homes or in their place of work. All you have to do is look at old photos or paintings of prominent people from around the world and you'll frequently see a large globe sitting nearby.

The world's population has continuously tried to understand our planet and our place within it by owning globes. Even today, with all of the amazing technology available, Millennials still love owning a globe because they have a full 3D representation of the world available for quick study.

Thankfully, many of the best globe makers in the world managed to incorporate new technology into traditional globes to transcend generations. Here at Ultimate Globes, we're proud to offer many of those globes through our online store where you'll find a world globe for work, home and classroom use.

What are some of those globe maker names that offer beautiful and stylish globes at prices you'll like? Some of the names are probably familiar to you from either your past, or from other places.

Replogle Globes

Replogle is a name you probably find familiar (although difficult to pronounce) if you bought globes years ago. Founded by a man named Luther Replogle in 1930, the original company had its founder creating his globes by hand, which is the ultimate artistic commitment. Replogle the man is directly responsible for making world globes popular in the home buy developing mass production technologies.
Colonial Globe

In the 21st century, the company name became known as Replogle, and they haven't wavered on being one of the best globe makers in the world. We carry many of their high-quality globes at sale prices for your own use or for your children.

If you're looking for desktop globes, Replogle has some of the best out there. For instance, their 12-inch Hastings globe is a true classic with raised relief on the surface and a beautiful walnut finished hardwood stand. All of the stands from Replogle are high quality so you'll know they'll withstand continuous use. You and your kids will still use these for years to come, just like Replogle's globes from years ago.

The same goes for their floor globes that are a throwback to earlier centuries when these type of globes had prominent placement in any home library. Replogle's Colonial Globe is a good example of excellent craftsmanship with a walnut finish base.

National Geographic Globes

Byrd Globe
You'll find some globes here with the National Geographic name attached, though they're actually made from Replogle as well. Nevertheless, they stand alone in their uniqueness, particularly in their attention to cartographic value within the maps on many of their globes. Some of them are even illuminated, which is a new modern take for use as a nightlight or for education in dark rooms.

The Byrd Globe, for instance, is an example of a traditional desktop globe seen 50 years ago combined with updated materials and technology.

Other Globe Names to Consider

Check out many of our other globe brands like Waypoint Geographic, IMAX, Kalifano and Zoffoli Globes. Many of these names put out specialty globes that reinvent design and the way you learn about our planet. This includes some globes made of gemstones, all the way to those interactive with sophisticated technology.

Whether strictly for school use or for use in the home, we only carry the very best globes makers in the world at reduced prices.

Contact us here at Ultimate Globes to find the perfect world globe you need for any purpose.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Discovering America: The True Legends of Daniel Boone and Lewis and Clark

The delight of surveying the geography of North America on a globe often has a pleasant side-effect: it makes you want to learn about the history of the places you're examining.

And without fearless American explorers like Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark -- men who mapped out the first routes into the West, built trails and roads through the wilderness, defended settlers from hostile Indian tribes (in Boone's case), and attempted to broker peace between Native Americans and settlers (in Clark's case) -- the great American frontier might not had been settled, and the history of America as we know it might not have happened.

These men's legends have even found their way into some of the most prominent places of art in Western culture -- from great literary masterpieces to pop culture Hollywood films and TV shows.

Daniel Boone

Born on November 2, 1734 in a Pennsylvania log cabin, Daniel Boone nurtured a love for the outdoors as soon as he could walk. By age 12, he was exploring the wilderness and hunting enough game to provide an abundance of food for his entire family. His skills with a rifle, his understanding of the wilderness and the art of tracking, and his survival skills were unparalleled.

With his mastery of wilderness survival, Boone trail-blazed the first route into Kentucky and created its first settlement. He also found routes and built trails that opened the frontier to the Colonies for the first time.

But that was not all he accomplished. According to DanielBooneHomestead.org:
Daniel Boone was much more than the man who settled Kentucky, but his settlement and continued opening of the frontier is considered his greatest achievement. His pioneering efforts and explorer-spirit made him a legend in his own time. Boone served in the Virginia Legislature, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution. He was the father of ten children, a blacksmith and wagoneer, and operated a tavern.
Boone's legend even found its way into great literary masterpieces like Lord Byron's 1822 classic poem Don Juan. And Boone has been featured in pop culture Hollywood hits like the '60s TV show "Daniel Boone" with Fess Parker.

Meriwether Lewis

Boone was one of the first wilderness legends in American history, but even greater ones would follow in the generations after him -- like Meriwether Lewis.

Lewis, the leader of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, has been called the most skilled wilderness pathfinder in American history.

Born to a Virginia planter family in 1774, was the son of an officer in the American Revolution. Lewis joined the military as well when he was old enough, and his assignments brought him into the Ohio and Tennessee wildernesses where he gained invaluable frontier experience.

In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson, a friend of the Lewis family, asked Lewis to be his private secretary, and he also began plotting with Lewis the venture that would become the Lewis and Clark Expedition, an epic journey that would blaze a path from the East Cost, through the then uncharted Midwest and Great Plains, over the Rockies, all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

The jaw-dropping scale gave them the ability to map the American frontier for the first time and provide invaluable information for the settlers who would follow in the 1800s.

Lewis and Clark received valuable help from French Canadians and Native Americans to succeed in his journey.

According to PBS.org:

Their most valuable help came in the form of Touissant Charbonneau, a French Canadian whom they hired as an interpreter, and his Shoshone wife Sacagawea, who provided help as a guide and interpreter. Her very presence helped insure good relations with Indian peoples, as Clark noted in his journal: "We find [that she] reconciles all the Indians, as to our friendly intentions -- a woman with a party of men is a token of peace."

William Clark

William Clark, born August 1, 1770 in Virginia, and, like Lewis, was also a soldier in the American Revolution. During his military service, he met Lewis and served with him in the Ohio and Tennessee frontiers. Clark proved to be an invaluable co-adventurer in the journey. According to Britannica.com:
Clark’s preparations for the expedition included modifying the keelboat they were to use, engaging the participation of several Kentuckians, and drilling the men during their winter camp...[and he operated] as the expedition’s principal waterman and cartographer. His monumental maps of the West (1810–14) represented the best available until the 1840s. Moreover, he kept one of the most faithful journals on the trip, and his imaginative spelling is well known.
When their expedition ended in 1806, the U.S. Congress gave Clark double pay and 1,600 acres of land for his efforts.

Contact us to view our wide variety of superbly crafted world globes that will inspire even more curiosity about how explorers have changed the world.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

How to Find Places on the Globe

Since a globe is round, there is no beginning or end. However, there are two reference lines that help to determine distances and locations. The first line is the equator, which runs east and west around the middle of the globe and divides it in half.

The second line that is used to find places on the globe runs from one pole to the other through Greenwich in London, England. This line is the prime meridian. The one thing that the prime meridian and the equator have in common is that they are both at zero degrees on the globe. From
these lines, latitude and longitude lines have both been drawn.

Latitude Lines

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When using the globe to find locations, remember that the lines that run parallel to the equator are latitude lines. Latitude lines are at fifteen degree intervals apart starting from the equator. These lines can help to determine the location of areas on the globe. For example, New Orleans is found north of the equator at thirty degrees. Because of this, New Orleans is thirty degrees N latitude or 30N.

Longitude Lines

Lines that run north and south from the poles are longitude lines or meridians. These lines have been drawn at fifteen degree intervals starting from the prime meridian. New Orleans is located ninety degrees west of longitude. When combining longitude and latitude for this location, the city will have the location of 30N latitude and 90W longitude.

When looking at longitude and latitude, keep in mind that latitude lines start at zero degrees at the equator and run to ninety degrees at the poles. Longitude lines, on the other hand, start at zero degrees at the prime meridian and run to one hundred eighty degrees. Latitude is always listed first when determining the location.

Measuring with a Globe

It has been over a thousand years since a circle was first divided in the manner that we see globes divided today. Today, the globe is divided into 360 sections that are degrees. These degrees help locate different areas on the map. However, since the size of the Earth is so large, it is also important for even more detailed sections to be determined.

Each degree is broken down even further into 60 parts called minutes, which are then broken down into 60 parts called seconds. Seconds can even be broken down even further, which can lead to the ability to locate anything on a globe, no matter how small. In fact, it is possible to locate a single house on the globe because of this system.

Each degree of latitude on a globe is equivalent to about 69 miles. This is fairly consistent because of the way that the lines of the globe have been set up; parallel and equally distant. However, this is not the case with longitude lines. These lines gradually converge toward the poles, where all lines meet. There are zero miles between them at this point. However, at the equator, these same longitude lines will be 69.17 miles from one another.

Globe Benefits

One of the downsides of using flat maps is that they offer a distorted view of the distance between two places. The reason for this is the misconception that is seen when looking at a flat map. With a globe, one is able to see true distances and locations of important places around the world.

A globe is also helpful, not just for learning more about the modern world, but with learning about the history of the world. By using the globe, it is easier to see significance with the historical events that have occurred.

Learning more about a globe is the best way to find the greatest benefit from relying on them. By understanding how to use a globe, a person will easily be able to locate important areas on it. In order to learn more about how to find locations on your globe, be sure to contact us today.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How Explorers Harriet Chalmers Adams and Sylvia Earle Discovered New Frontiers

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The hall of famous American explorers isn't just lined with the faces of men. Two women in particular, Harriet Chalmers Adams, an adventurer as every bit as daring as Indiana Jones, and Sylvia Earle, the female Captain Nemo of undersea exploration, both transformed the way we view our world and the way culture views women.
Harriet Chalmers Adams
According to SanJoaquinHistory.org -- a site that covers notable people from the Central Valley in California -- Harriet's adventures began in Stockton, California, a town in the Central Valley, where she was raised. In 1883-84, her Scottish engineer father took the eight-year-old Harriet on a horseback riding trip across California, and the thrilling adventure made a lifelong impression on the girl.
After marrying Franklin Adams (another engineer), she and her new husband embarked on a three-year trek through every country in South America. Over the next 40 years, she would explore all Spanish and Portuguese-related countries. She then expanded her explorations to Siberia, Haiti, Turkey, North Africa, and Sumatra.
Remarkably, she was one of the first reporters, of any gender, to cover the front during World War I, and she was the only woman allowed access to the trenches. She covered the brutality and development of the conflict with fearlessness.
"National Geographic" and "Harper's Magazine" published many feature stories about Harriet's adventures, and she became a national figure. She often embarked on national speaking tours in which she showed slides from her travels and spoke about her remarkable experiences.
Harriet was an American treasure: not only did she enrich American cultures with her speaking tours, but she kept America informed about one of the most important conflicts in American history during her time in the trenches of WWI.
Although the National Geographic Society did not admit her as a member because she was a woman, she was granted admission to the Royal Geographic Society in Britain in 1913. In 1925, she established the Society of Women Geographers in the United States and encouraged women to pursue their dreams with fearlessness as she did.
When she died, the New York Times called her "America's greatest woman explorer."
Sylvia Earle, a Modern Day Captain Nemo
If you've read the classic novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," by Jules Verne, you will remember Nemo, the adventurous underwater sea-captain who commands the Nautilus and spends his life exploring the deepest depths of the ocean.
That's essentially what Sylvia Earle did, and still does today: she is one of the greatest explorers under the sea that the world has ever known.
The New Yorker and The New York Times call Dr. Sylvia Earle "your deepness." The Library of Congress her a "living legend." She is also an "explorer-in-residence" for the National Geographic Society.
Her adventures beneath the surface are summed up in this excerpt from NationalGeographic.com:
Earle has led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970; participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July 2012; and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth.
A saturation dive means the diver is compressed once to work safely at deep depths -- hundreds of feet, maybe even thousands in rare cases -- for days, even weeks at a time, and then they are decompressed once to return to the surface. In other words, if you've ever wondered what it's like to live under the sea, just ask Sylvia Earle.
Her goal hasn't just been to have a little fun exploring the deep blue. She's been doing it to make the world a better place for both ocean life and humankind. She has been working on, according to National Geographic, "a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes."
Her solo dive to 1,000-meters (3,280 feet) tied the record for solo diving, set by her then husband Graham Hawkes, and she became the first woman to dive that deep in a solo dive.
When the New York Times interviewed Hawkes, he was asked what it was like to dive so deep into the ocean, and he explained it this way:
"As you go down in a vehicle, the ocean goes from light blue, through dark blue, to indigo, to blackness," he says, his hand tracing the arc of descent as he lounges in his boat, clad in jeans and sneakers. "It's a beautiful transition. If you're really lucky, you get into a blackness that is really black and then cut out all the lights and fall through a bioluminescent cloud of plankton."
"Sylvia calls it falling through stars," he adds, referring to Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, a prominent marine biologist who is his former wife and continuing partner in business and adventure.
"Movies like 'The Abyss' and 'Jaws' make people think the ocean is threatening," Mr. Hawkes continues. "It's not. It's very tranquil. Afterward you get yanked out into blinding sprays, waves and a heaving ship. But down there it's peaceful. You never want to come back. Ever since my first dive, I've gone back every chance I get."
Contact us to explore our inspiring collection of globes that might just motivate you to go on your own adventures some day like Adams and Earle.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top Five Floor-Standing World Globes: Aesthetic Value for Your Home or Office

Floor-standing globes basically combine the past, the present, and the future into one beautiful design. In the realm of the past, they recall prior centuries when world leaders (or other people of renown) had giant globes in their homes for interior design and reference. For the present, these globes prove themselves timeless for any room in a home, plus as a handy educational tool for both adults and kids. As a tool for the future, new modern features on many globes offer a look into the state of our planet and where we're heading.
We want you to enjoy these benefits of our floor-standing globes here at Ultimate Globes. Take a look at our top five floor-standing world globes to help you make a more educated decision on which one would best suit your office or home.
Landen Globe
This globe is a real favorite because it looks so traditional with its base and overall way it's designed. Standing at 44 inches, you don't have to hunch over in order to use it, plus it's within equal height of most adults. The globe itself is 16-inches in diameter so you have a large surface that enables you to easily see all locations.
With a base made of hardwood accompanying a solid metal base, you can expect quality in how sturdy this globe is. If you have kids around and you're afraid of a floor-standing globe tipping over, you have no worries here because it weighs 25 pounds. Your kids will also love using this globe because it's updated with all geographic additions from around the world.
Viking Expedition Globe
If you like the "full swing" effect on a globe where you can turn it all directions, you'll appreciate having the feature on this Viking Expedition Globe (plus on the Landen above). While our Viking Expedition globe has a shorter metal stand, it's a beautiful one in a charcoal color. It's a perfect globe to study carefully as you sit in a chair or ottoman in your home or office.
Even more so, you have over 4,000 current reference points on this globe, which makes it perfect for exploring if you're searching for international partners in your business. In this regard, you really could be like a viking in charting new horizons.
Lancaster Globe
Replogle is one of those companies that deftly creates globes with both traditional and modern features. Their Lancaster Globe is another floor-standing globe that has a perfect blend of old style mixed with modern decor. At 35-inches tall, you have one option on this floor-standing globe you can't always find on others: Illumination. While Replogle also offers one identical that's non-illuminated, the illumination is a major asset in helping you enjoy your globe in a dark room.
In addition, it has numerous educational and geographic markings so you can gain a 21st century understanding of the world we live in.

Commander GlobeWe've had a lot of great comments from our customers about this particular Replogle globe. One aspect they like is the simplicity in the traditional wooden stand as well as the globe having a unique, antique style. At the same time, customers like the raised relief and up-to-date markings.
This converts into a desktop globe as well, so it doubles as a conversation piece in your living room while also being an educational tool on your child's desk. As a result, you already save money not buying two globes for two separate rooms.
Edinburgh Globe
Once again, Replogle comes out on top as one of the best globe makers in the world. This floor-standing globe is another that literally stands tall and suits those who enjoy having a globe with blue oceans for realism. With a walnut-finished pedestal, you have superior craftsmanship for true style in any interior environment.
On this model, you also have brightly colored continents that stand out without any illumination necessary. Anyone of any age can learn something from this globe thanks to the meticulous informational detail.
Contact us here at Ultimate Globes to find out more about our floor-standing globes and how much they provide in interior design as well as understanding Earth in unique ways.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Buy a World Globe for Your Home or Office: Which Type of Globe Style Best Suits You?

If you've been thinking about buying a world globe, what do you automatically think of in the way of globe style? No doubt you grew up with a globe in your home as a teen, though perhaps want something different now that fits in with the interior of your home or office. You'll be happy to know many different styles are available now that go beyond standard globes you remember from school or the one you had on your bedroom desk.

This isn't to say traditional globes aren't valued today. You can still find them, yet with new variations that provides special appeal you'll definitely love. You can find those and numerous other globe types here at Ultimate Globes. Take a look at what's available today and how any one of these beautiful items add class to any room in your home or office suite.

Floor Globes

You've likely seen giant floor globes in large homes, plus in old photos of homes back to the Victorian Era. It's a style of globe that's never gone out of style, and we carry various types that become major conversation starters at any party. However, lest you think they're only good for interior decorating, these are excellent educational tools as well. Some of the features make that latter aspect more fun, especially when you have kids around. 

Our illuminated floor globes, for instance, truly stand out in any room and highlight specific features of our planet. These lighted areas can inspire some amazing conversations at any gathering either in your home or at work. You'll like this because any conversation about our planet is worth having, even if it's political.

No matter if you choose one of our non-illuminated globes, a floor globe still lights up a room based on its design using superior materials and quality wood bases. They come in 12-inch and 16-inch models so you can easily fit them into any type of room space. You'll even find extra-large floor globes that were once in many households back in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Tabletop or Desktop Globes

If you don't have the room for a floor globe, tabletop and desktop varieties are still widely available in our inventory. They come in the same type of styles the floor types do, including those with illumination. Your kids will love these on their own desks, and some are specially produced for children. Our Safari illuminated globe, for instance, is one that highlights animals from across the world.

Tabletop globes for adults are just as popular, with many of them produced from such top globe makers as Replogle and even National Geographic.

Globes with Special Features: Gemstones and Globe Bars

While we have considerable focus on globes for children to help them better understand our planet, we have a strong market for globes designed specifically for adults. There isn't any better description of this than in our collection of gemstone globes and globes equipped with a mini bar.

You're going to love having a gemstone globe because we have every type of gemstone available within 500 different styles. These are excellent and come in a bookend style, plus as diverse as a globe in a gemstone hand. The gemstones are also real, so you have extreme value as well as a major design piece that's designed for any type of use.

You can say the same for our globe bars that are popular and unique choices. These globes open up into a classy mini bar to serve drinks at any party in your home or office. They're a lot of fun if you want to serve a libation in your office during an international business meeting, or for large holiday parties in your home. 

Contact us here at Ultimate Globes if you're looking for a world globe and need one with true style. We have something for every taste, yet always bringing quality and the best in education.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

To the Top of the Globe: American Explorers and Arctic Expeditions

As you spin your world globe, dozens of exotic and exciting locations appear. But what about those large, white expanses on the top of your globe? American explorers were as fascinated by the snowy landscape of the North Pole as with any jungle or desert. But who would reach the North Pole first and what would they find there?
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Robert Peary's Intrepid Arctic Expedition
A member of the US navy, Robert Edwin Peary was actually assigned to the tropics when he came up with the bold plan to be the first man to reach the North Pole. Peary's original plan was to cross the unforgiving plains of Greenland using a dog-sled, but this 1886 expedition ended when Peary and his companion Christian Maigaard ran out of food. Peary continued to mount expeditions throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Peary charted many new routes and made contact with groups of indigenous peoples, learning new survival techniques such as building igloos and wearing clothing made of fur.
Fredrick Cook's Controversial Claim
Peary's last expedition ran from 1908-09 and on April 6, Peary made camp (as he claimed) within five miles from the North Pole. Peary was devastated when he returned to the states and learned that another American explorer, Fredrick Cook, claimed he had reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908 (a year before Peary). Cook knew Peary as he had served as the surgeon on his 1891-1892 expedition and saved many of the crew by preventing scurvy using fresh meat rather than vegetables and fruits (which were unavailable). In 1906, Cook attempted to make his name as an explorer by being the first man to summit Mt. McKinley but his disputes with Peary threw doubt upon his claim. Upon his return from the McKinley expedition, Cook mounted his own expedition to the North Pole in 1907 where he claimed to have reached the prize before rival Peary.
So Who Got There First?
Modern historians have disputed both men's claims believing that while they got very close, they didn't actually reach the North Pole. Critics dispute Peary's navigational documentation and the often inconsistent accounts of his speed. Cook never produced original navigational documentation to prove his claim and the few documents he did release provided patchwork or incorrect data. Debate still rages as to which man, if either, reached the North Pole. The first officially documented, undisputed expedition to the North Pole was led by British explorer Wally Herbert in 1969. Herbert had his own interest in the North Pole having published a book,The Noose of Laurels, which caused a frenzy when it claimed in 1989 that Peary had falsified his records.
The "Ice Woman"
While many turn of the century explorations were led by men, intrepid women were also looking to the top of the globe for adventures. Louise Arner Boyd, dubbed "the ice woman," inherited a fortune at 33 and used the profits to take repeated trips to the Arctic to photograph the harsh but beautiful landscape and study glaciers, fjords, and seas.
The Many Adventures of Louise Arner Boyd
In 1928, Boyd lead an expedition to find the missing Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen which led her to cross over 10,000 miles of Arctic Ocean - though she was in the end unsuccessful. Boyd led a series of geographic expeditions to Greenland beginning in the 1930s and discovered an underwater mountain ridge off the coast of Norway in 1938. After World War II, the US government chose Boyd for an expedition to study how the unique magnetic fields at the North Pole interfered with radio signals. In 1955, at 68 years old, Boyd made history by becoming the first woman to fly over the North Pole.
To find a globe which inspires your next exploration, contact Ultimate Globes.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Interactive Globes for Kids: The New Way to Learn New Perspectives About Our Planet

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Several generations ago, the idea of interactive globes for kids would have been close to sci-fi in the realm of geography education. Kids today may not always realize how fortunate they are to live in an era where technology advancements allow them to have new globes that help bring new perspectives about planet earth.

This isn't to say traditional globes still aren't popular. Nevertheless, with interactive features available on many globes now, education can now enhance for our future generation. As the world becomes more complex, it's all the more important that kids worldwide place the planet in a new frame of mind.

With our interactive globes here at Ultimate Globes, we provide this opportunity in educating your own kids. The same applies if you're a teacher who teaches geography or global issues in a public or private school.
What kind of interactive elements will you find in our interactive globes that help kids see our planet with a new view? Many of these globes provide more information than just identifying locations.

Why Interactive Stimulates Student Minds

Sometimes it's not enough for a teacher to explain the world without having more exciting visual aids to keep the interest of their students. When you consider the generation born in the last decade have grown up with the Internet integrated into their lives, the idea of more entertaining visual aids in education is all the more important.

These kids have also grown up in a more complicated world where they need to learn about the challenges they face in the future. With our interactive globes, this all gets addressed in smartly designed ways that holds every student's attention.

Much of this happens by providing information beyond just capital cities. Thanks to more sophisticated technology in every globe, students have one tool that allows learning at a competitive level with other digital devices.

The Beauty of the Interactive Pen

A couple of different interactive globes we carry have an Intellipen students can use to learn information through simple pointing. On the Intelliglobe Interactive Globe, for instance, students have a wireless pen using infrared scanner technology that provides facts when placed on the globe's surface.

You'll be amazed at the information the pen provides once students start using the device. It literally holds thousands of factoids in multiple languages for international classrooms.

Your students will get data about everything from history, to ecology, to even the current time in a particular city to show the real-time capabilities. Even better, it has comparison information so students understand geography differences and how long it takes to travel to another place.

Trivia games are also a big part of the globes with interactive pens. This helps the student retain information, unlike so many in the past who promptly forgot what they learned in geography class.

Why Illumination on an Interactive Globe Works Well

Another feature you'll find on many of our interactive globes is illumination that can easily double as a nightlight in a child's room. While the latter technology is a great way for a student to appreciate their globe even more, the illumination additionally works to point out various globe features. This includes highlighting specific animals endemic to certain parts of the world, plus illuminated lights on major cities to give the feel of looking down on earth from space.

Other Interactive Elements That Enhance Learning

Other globes are available that disassemble so kids can see the earth from a physiographic point of view. These are great for science classrooms, including an illuminated orbiter so kids can gain a better idea of the sun's relation to our planet.

If your students prefer a digital voice to help them learn, talking globes are available as well that recite facts in an engaging way. As a teacher, it also allows you to rest your voice and let kids explore on their own, which is so pivotal when learning about the world around them.

Contact us here at Ultimate Globes to learn more about interactive globes we carry and why interactivity is the key to making geography a fun subject after years of being considered otherwise.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Understanding the Features of a Globe Increases Your Enjoyment

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World globes are pretty amazing. They instantly add a touch of class to any office or room. Children are drawn to globes and even adults seem to be captivated by the information they can discover on a spinning globe. However, to really understand a globe it is important to know about these basic features of a globe. The following features can be found on most standard 
globes.
  • Latitude and Longitude Lines -  These lines on a globe mark locations, and are the same measurements that are used in modern GPS. Starting at the equator the lines of latitude are horizontal, and starting at the Prime Meridian, lines of longitude move away vertically. As the lines intersect they create a grid around the globe. The equator is the horizontal line at the center of the globe that separates the North and South Hemisphere and it is marked as zero degrees latitude. The degrees increase from the equator up to 90 degrees North at the North Pole, the degrees also increase moving down from the equator to 90 degrees South at the South Pole. The Prime Meridian is the vertical center of the globe that separates the earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The Prime Meridian is measured as zero degrees longitude and the lines of longitude go up in measurement to 180 degrees East and 180 degrees West from this line.
  • Time Zones - The time zones on a globe coordinate with the lines of longitude.  These markings are usually found near the top or bottom of the globe. Some times these time zones are marked on a little gold dial at the very top of the globe called a "time dial."
  • Raised Relief - Some globes show a little of the landscape with mountainous regions bumping out a little on the globe itself. The relief is not to scale at all, but just gives you an idea of where mountain ranges are located on the continents.
  • Borders - National borders are marked on globes, even though these boundaries are political features and not geographic features. However, the borders of countries can change over time due to historic conflicts and political alliances. The borders, size, shape and name of countries are the features that change the most often on a globe, and these features are some of the simplest ways to date a globe.
  • Tilt - Most globes are tilted at a 23.5 degree angle. This is the actual tilt of the earth when it is compared to the sun. Since the tilt of the earth is what determines the seasons in different countries, being able to view the earth with the correct tilt can illustrate which countries would be experiencing opposite seasons based on the amount of sunlight they are exposed to.
Knowing a little more about these basic features of globes will help you not only enjoy globes a little more, but they will also help you give accurate information to people who show interest in your globe. The next time a child spies your globe and instinctively starts spinning it as fast as they can, you can patiently tell them a little more about the globe and why it is interesting, increasing their appreciation for the globe as well as world geography, science, history and politics. Its presence in your home or office can inspire you to travel more, or to think more often of how connected we all are and the ways our decisions impact the global community at large.

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