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Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find some common questions and information about globe ownership. Simply click on any of the following topics to view the answers.
Why are Globes Tilted?
Most globes are made to tilt at an angle of 23.5 to match the actual tilt of the earth in relationship to our sun. Incidentally, it is this tilting of the earth relative to the sun, rather than its changing distance from the sun, that causes the seasons to change and gives us more daylight hours at certain times of the year.
How do you find a place on a globe? How do you look up a place based on latitude and longitude?
Because a globe is round with no beginning or end, there are two imaginary reference lines from which all distances and locations are determined - the equator and prime meridian. Both the equator and the prime meridian intersect at point 0, where all numbering starts with longitude and latitude lines. Locations are uniquely identified on a globe by the point where the longitude and latitude lines intersect, i.e., Dallas, Texas is located 33 north (latitude) 97 west (longitude).
What's the difference between the beige and blue colored globes?
Antique, beige colored globes are produced to resemble ancient parchment, with an Old World appearance often preferred in home or office settings. The geographic information is up-to-date and the antique appearance is done for its esthetic appeal.
The blue globes have ocean areas in blue and usually consist of highly contrasting, colorful, political boundaries. The youth market often prefers the realistic appearance of these globes.
What is that little round dial at the North Pole?
This is called a time dial and is used to compare time around the world.
Why do some globes have a metal ring or semi-ring around them?
Most globes have a metal ring either full circle or half (semi) circle. These rings are called meridians and they are generally numbered in degrees from 0 at the equator to 90 at either pole. Originally, meridians were used to help locate positions on the globe, but since most globes have the longitude and latitude lines on the maps, the numbers on the meridian have become less important. The ring itself still serves to hold the globe ball in position.
Which place names are used on most globes?
Subject to space limitations, most companies attempt to list all nations and capitals, then the biggest city in that country or state, or an important city. There are more names on the coastline because there is room for them. If a city has some importance other than size or a capital, then its added. The US Government has a list of names for cities and countries outside North America that they call conventional names. They are easier to understand than the literal translation and are why most maps show Finland, for example, and not Suomi.
What is the raised relief feature that is available on some globes?
Globes with raised relief better emphasize the mountainous areas of the world. They are there so that you can see and feel the mountains although their actual height on the globe does not have any relationship to the true relative heights of the mountain ranges.
Why a globe instead of an atlas?
An atlas complements a globe and a globe complements an atlas. When used together, each has features that become excellent references and teaching tools. The advantage of a globe is that the world in its entirety is depicted on a sphere, showing land masses, countries and regions in true proportion. In addition, globes are an attractive decorative accessory for both home and office.
How often are globes updated?
Most globe manufacturers have a policy of updating a map every time it printed. Although the names or boundaries of countries can change due to wars or other political upheavals, most changes are simple name changes that are relatively easy to make. In many cases, when the U.S. State Department along with representatives (usually the embassies of the governments involved), recognizes the changes as being a fact, we implement the changes into our system.
What is the purpose of a compass rose on a map?
The compass rose was traditionally used on early maps to designate wind direction and intensity at different parts of the world. Many globe manufacturers continue to place a compass rose on many globe maps for its beauty and information.
How do you clean a globe?
Markings can be wiped off with a moistened cleansing tissue or soft, damp cloth. Household dust can be removed with a dry cloth, though you may wish occasionally to use a slightly dampened cloth to remove fingerprints or smudges. A mild, non-abrasive product is recommended for difficult marks. Do not use industrial or even household cleaners that contain alcohol or any solvent.
Where can you buy a replacement light bulb for a illuminated globe?
Replacement bulbs can be found at any hardware or lighting store. Some illuminated globes use a 15 watt up to 25 watt candelabra light bulb and others require a standard light bulb. Please follow these guidelines: do not use more use more than a 15 or 25 watt bulb for a 12" globe, a 40 watt bulb for a 20 globe, or a 75 watt bulb for a 32" globe.
What stones are typically used on gemstone globes?
Each globe manufacturer is slightly different in their arrangement and use of stones, however, here is a list of the most popular stones used:
Can push pins be used in my press craft globe?
We does not recommend sticking any object into its globes. This will damage the surface.
My globe ball won't stay upright. What should I do?
Make sure that each ear or post on the meridian has a plastic washer and black rubber tip in place. If you need these parts, please contact the manufacturer of the globe you are using.
How does the "Touch On" feature work on my illuminated globe?
Not all illuminated globes have this feature. If yours comes with this feature, simply touching any part of the meridian ring with your fingertip, you can control three light levels.
How old is my globe and what is it worth?
For help dating your globe ball, go to the "How Old is My Globe" section of our web site. You can learn the value of your globe by contacting Murray Hudson Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Globes in Halls, TN. Contact them at www.murrayhudson.com or (800) 748-9946.
I have an older globe that has a lot of wear and tear. How do I get a replacement ball or stand?
Before you contact your globes manufacturer or Ultimate Globes, you'll need the following information:
We would be happy to provide price quotes on replacement globe balls, but need to have all the above information.
What is the Updatable Globe Program?
Ultimate Globes wants to help you keep your globe as up-to-date and accurate as the day you bought it. Many manufacturers provide a discount off the retail value of a new globe ball or ball and ring through an Updatable Globe Program. To take advantage of this type of program, available in USA and Canada, make note of your globe model and the month and date of purchase and keep this information in a safe place. If a change occurs in the world, you can request an update either by contacting Ultimate Globes or by contacting your globes manufacturer.
Many times the best solution is to contact our specialists to assist with your questions. Feel free to contact us at 877-745-6237 ext 101, we are happy to help!