Mounting Styles

Globes are mounted onto what is called a meridian. The meridian is the piece that holds your globe in place, typically produced of metal, wood or plastic. Depending on the style and manufacturer, you will find many meridians are numbered in degrees from 0 degrees at the equator to 90 degrees at either pole. Most globes are tilted at 23.5 degrees to reflect the angle of the earth's tilt as it moves through space.

Semi-Meridian Mounting


The "Semi-Meridian" style is the standard mounting for most globes and encompasses half of the globe. With this mounting, the globe can be spun left or right on it's axis.

Full Swing Meridian

Full-Swing Meridian

The "Full-Swing Meridian" includes a Full Meridian and provides for dual control of your globe. With this style you will be able to spin the globe left or right as well as swing the globe up or down.

Full Meridian Mount

Full Meridian

The "Full Meridian" circles the entire globe and is stationary, allowing you to spin the globe left or right on it's axis but cannot swing the globe up or down as the "Full Swing Meridian" style.

Cradle Mount Meridian

Cradle Mount

The "Cradle Mount" features a Full Meridian that rests between notches in the stand and a wooden dowel that is affixed at the center of the base.

This style allows you to spin the globe left or right on it's axis as well as the ability to turn the meridian within the cradle mounting so that you can view the northern or southern hemispheres.

Inclination Mount

Inclination Mount

The "Inclination Mounting" features the globe sphere without a meridian, and at a fixed angle. The globe can be spun left or right on it's axis.

Sit on Top Globes

Sit on Top

The "Sit on Top" mount allows you to pick up the globe to view and position on the base how you prefer.

Learn More About Globes

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