Globe Information



A world globe is a representation of the Earth. The map may be engraved, or printed directly onto the surface of the globe ball.


Most of our globes are either:
  • two plastic halves joined at the equator, with the map printed on plastic film, or
  • printed on paper gores or segments.
The globes mentioned in the second point above are hand-made. This means that they often have little idiosyncrasies which make them unique.

In addition, these same globes often have "bumps" on them. This is "raised relief" - the bumps show where there are mountains. The bumps are, therefore, deliberate and not a fault.


All flat maps distort either the shape or the area of the Earth's surface.

Globes are an accurate representation of the world that keep shape, area and distance in proportion.

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