Friday, March 31, 2017

Geography: The intersection of economics, meteorology, and anthropology

Geography is the study of people, place and changes in locations across the globe. Since the beginning of time mankind has sought to understand our planetary home. Explorers of a bygone era sought to identify and chart the far reaches of Planet Earth. Over the course of several millennia expeditions were commissioned to compile knowledge about the human experience. From the historical records of Magellan, Christopher Columbus, Prince Henry the Navigator and others we gradually acquired a knowledge of the 6 continents. Thanks to the exploration of Matthew Henson and Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott we also acquired knowledge of the North and  South Poles. The simplest way to explain or convey the findings of these adventures was by using maps and globes. Bit by bit over the past several centuries mankind's knowledge of the globe has been compiled into the modern representations of the world that we have today. With the increase of technology our exploration and the accompanying cartography have extended far beyond terra firma to include the depths of the ocean floor and the outer space. And we continue to create maps and globes updated to include the constellations of the night sky and ocean topography.  For more information about the night sky check out the Constellations Globe 

Constellations Globe by Replogle

The Record of Mankind's Travels

Maps and globes have allowed humanity to record the fruit of exploration over the past few millenia. Planet Earth is filled with various ecosystems, flora and fauna, ethnic groups and languages. The collective study of all these things is part of the discipline known as geography. However there is so much more to geography than just a globe or map, or a voyage of exploration. Geography is not just about an explorer's trip to some distant land, or a newly discovered place. Geography is not just about spinning a globe or finding a place on the map. Geography incorporates aspects of economics, anthropology, and current events. The topography of various areas of the globe has a significant impact on the choice made by different demographics. Migration patterns population density, traditional diets and habits of commerce are all impacted by geography. Traditional styles of clothing are impact by geography, because location determines climate and climate determines weather which in turn determines choices of textiles. Natural phenomena such as changes in the seasons, inclement weather and natural disasters all shape the experiences an individual has while living in a particular location.


Benefits of Geography and Owning a Globe

Studying geography can help an individual find their place within the global community. The modern world is very interconnect. Learning to think critically about one's personal identity and place within the globe community has become an essential part of being a global citizen. Countries have become intertwined, media, e-commerce, education and other aspects of everyday life exist in a state of interdependence. Goods are manufactured in China, the UK, the Middle East, South America and sold in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Produce appears on US shelves from farms in Mexico, Guatamala or even Canada. No country stand alone. No individual stands alone. Learn more about the dynamic and rapidly changing world of the twenty-first century with a new globe or map reflecting the very latest in geopolitical descriptions and landmarks. Use one of these elegant globes as a design piece and as a reference tool. The Spectrum globe is an excellent choice for tabletops and desktops, find this and other artistic globes at our website

Monday, March 13, 2017

MOVA Globes: A Cordless, Powerless, Self-Rotating Globe

The MOVA globe represents a masterful intersection between geography and technology.

This diminutive and artistic representation of Planet Earth harness natural and artificial light as a power source. This spherical model of our terrestrial home requires no external power source, no cords, no expensive batteries to purchase and replace. Like planetary body suspended in space it revolves on its axis. A work of art like this belongs on your desktop! What a great conversation piece.

Mova 4.5 Silver & Black Metallic Revolving Globe

The World in Motion

The particular line of globes represents an exceptional level of craftsmanship. Polished polymer, resin shells and a propriety blend of non-toxic fluids allow the sphere to be rotate freely. A combination of magnets, solar cells and other components complete this sophisticated mechanism and allow it to derive its power source from ambient light. This wonder of science and art is a great conversation piece to adorn any bookcase, coffee table or desktop. The two spheres comprising the globe are nestled inside of each other, the. The exterior sphere provides the kinetic energy for rotation, it is encapsulated within the interior sphere which is transparent and contains fluid. This allows for the fluid motion as the sphere moves in a pattern similar to the Planet Earth revolving on its axis. The self-rotating MOVA globe works for the simply reason that the globe and the liquid it is contained in have almost identical levels of density.

Renewable and Self Contained Energy

As the spheres rotate in unison the liquid in which they are suspended redistributes itself evenly. This lack of friction is what makes the whole process work. The composition of the interior sphere allows it to be semi-permeable and some of the light spectrum is able to penetrate the image. The magnetic field of the device synchronized itself to the magnetic field of Planet Earth, very similar to effect a compass aligning itself in response to the gravitational pull of the Earth's core. The photovoltaic cells contained inside the spheres store energy which generates the momentum necessary for constant rotation.

Geography and Technology

The wonders of geography and technology have combined to create this fascinating masterpiece, a brilliant display of the laws of nature. MOVA globes are available in a variety of colors and sizes, you are sure to find one in our selection that would make a welcome addition to your interior space. Sit back, relax and enjoy your rotating globe as it completes its orbit. Lie back on the couch and plan your next vacation or business trip. The model featured above is the MOVA 4.5" Silver & Black Metallic Revolving Globe

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