Globes are a wonderful representation of the planet earth. They are a perfect depiction of what the earth looks like from the space. Globes make very good tools for studying geography in an interesting way, or they may be just a decorative indulgence in an office, home, museum, garden, or just about anywhere.
There are many different kinds of globes, depending on their size (small, medium, large, and extra large), features (novelty globes, table globes, antique globes, digital globes, interactive globes, talking globes, old-world globes, globe sculptures, garden globes, display globes, day-night globes, illuminated globes, spinning globes, rotating globes, floating globes, raised-relief globes) and use (kids’ globes, pocket globes, floor globes, bookcase globes, classroom globes).
World globes depict many things about the earth. The main aspects in a globe are the equator, the prime meridian, the latitudes, and the longitudes. These lines and the angles between them can determine the exact location of a place on the earth. The exact time at a particular place can also be calculated by counting the number of meridians. Most world globes have all the countries listed on them, along with their capital cities and other major cities. Oceans, mountain ranges, deserts and forests can seem so real when seen on a globe.
These days, there is no limit to globe designing. Most globes are being incorporated with latest design techniques to make them more attractive. These include globes that are made of precious metals like gold and silver and encrusted with gemstones. World globes are also fitted with clocks or compasses within them to depict various time zones and directions. Some are designed in a beige color to have an antique look similar to an old parchment. However, colored globes and raised relief globes are the most popular since they look attractive and are also easy to read. Manufacturers are offering custom-designed globes that would serve as ideal corporate or promotional hand-outs.