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Globe F.A.Q.

Why are globes tilted?
How do you find a place on a globe?
What's the difference between the blue and tan colored globes?
How many different maps do we use?
How can you clean a Replogle® globe?
Where can you buy a replacment light bulb for Replogle® and Scanglobe® products?
What is that little round dial at the North Pole?
Why do some globes have a metal ring or semi-ring around them?
How do we choose names for our globes?
What are the bumps on some globes and why aren't they on all globes?
Why a globe instead of an atlas?
How up-to-date is the globe?

 

 

Why are globes tilted?

Many Replogle® globes are made to tilt at an angle of 23º to match the actual tilt of the Earth. Incidentally, it is this tilting of the Earth, relative to the sun as it orbits around it, that causes the seasons to change and give us more daylight hours at certain times of the year.

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How do you find a place on a globe?

Because a globe is round with no beginning or end, there are 2 imaginary reference lines from which all distances and locations are determined; these are the equator and prime meridian.

  • Equator: Runs East and West around the exact middle of the globe.
  • Prime Meridian: Imaginary line running from Pole to Pole and passing through Greenwich, England.

Both the equator and the prime meridian intersect at point ‘0’ where all numbering starts with longitude and latitude lines.

  • Longitude: Imaginary lines running parallel with the prime meridian through each Pole and numbered in 15º increments.
  • Latitude: Imaginary lines running around the globe parallel to the equator at 10º increments.

Locations are uniquely identified on a globe by the point where the longitude and latitude lines intersect, i.e., Dallas, Texas, USA is located 33º North (Latitude) 97º West (Longitude).

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What's the difference between the blue and tan colored globes?

The ‘TAN’ globes are Antique in appearance and are preferred when the globe is to be used as a decorative accessory because the more neutral tan color complements almost any home or office décor. The ‘TAN’ background or ocean is actually produced from a reproduction of an ancient parchment to give it the Antique or ‘Old World’ look…the geographic information is up-to-date and this Antiqued treatment is done primarily for its aesthetic appeal.

The ‘BLUE’ globes, while also political, have the ocean areas in a blue (water) color and usually consist of highly contrasting, colorful, political boundaries. The youth market normally prefers such globes.

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How many different maps does Replogle® use?

Currently Replogle® uses 35 different maps. This is due to the different sizes of their globes, the style types, languages, and because some customers supply their own maps to Replogle® for private label globes.

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How do you clean a Replogle® Globe?

Replogle® globes have a special coating designed to protect the globe ball and enhance its appearance. Because this finish is washable, you could use a crayon or a soft wax pencil on the surface. 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.

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Where can you buy a replacement light bulb for Replogle® and Scanglobe® products?

Any hardware or lighting store can provide the necessary light bulbs. Scanglobe® globes use a candelabra light bulb. Replogle® globes take a standard light bulb. If a bulb that is too powerful is used, the interior of the globe will brown or even melt. Do not use more than a 75-watt for a 32" globe, 40-watt bulb for a 20" globe, and 15 watts for a 12" on Replogle® models. Scanglobe® 10", 12", and 16" models globes take a 25 watt candelabra bulb.

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What is that little round dial at the North Pole?

It’s called a TIME DIAL — and is used to compare time zones around the world.

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Why do some globes have a metal ring or semi-ring around them?

Most Replogle® globes have a metal ring either full circle or half (semi) circle. These are called MERIDIANS and they are generally numbered in degrees from 0º at the equator to 90º at either Pole. Originally, meridians were used to help locate positions on the globe, but since Replogle® globes have the longitude and latitude lines on the maps, the numbers on the meridian have become less important, but the ring itself still serves to hold the globe ball in position.

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How does Replogle® choose place names for our globes?

Subject to space limitations, Replogle® attempts to list all nations, all their 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, and Replogle® is trying to fill space as well. Replogle® tries not to abbreviate names because that would lead to confusion for customers. If a city has some importance other than size or a capital, then it’s added. The US Government has a list of names for cities and countries outside North America that they call ‘conventional’ names. This is easier for us to understand than the true translation…and is why Replogle® maps show Finland, for example—rather than Suomi.

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What are the bumps on some globes and why aren't they on all globes?

The ‘bumps’ are called raised relief and better emphasize the mountainous areas of the world. They are there so that you can ‘SEE & FEEL’ the mountains—although their actual height on the globe does not have any relationship to the true relative heights of the mountain ranges. Raised relief is found on 9", 12" and 16" diameter non-illuminated globes. On a smaller globe it would be difficult to maintain any degree of accuracy. On a very large diameter globe, i.e., 20" & 32", the method of manufacturing doesn’t lend itself to incorporating this feature.

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Why a globe instead of an atlas?

Actually, an atlas complements the globe and the globe complements an atlas. Each has features that, when used together, become an excellent reference and teaching tool. The advantage of a globe is that the world in its entirety is depicted on a sphere. As well as being functional, many globes also serve as attractive decorative accessories for homes and offices.

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How up-to-date is the globe?

Replogle® has a policy of updating a map every time it’s 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. Replogle's policy is that when the US State Department — along with the representatives (usually the Embassies of the governments involved), recognizes the changes as being a fact, Replogle® then starts to implement the changes into their system. Generally, the 9" and 12" diameter globes are the first sizes to show up in the field with the changes, followed by the 16" models and other sizes. This can be anywhere from six months to a year—depending on the field inventory. There can be no absolute guarantee that any map is 100% current, but this should not be a deterrent to the purchase because the real value of a globe is to show true, geographical relationships.

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