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For a wealth of geographical and astronomical information, be sure to experience the Columbus Marco Polo Illuminated Desktop Globe! The globe has a 13.4 inch acrylic sphere containing a detailed physical map, along with unique properties showing earth's relation to the sun. The Marco Polo has a stainless steel base and strong plastic meridian with an additional horizontal ring surrounding the equator and separating the north and southern hemispheres. The horizontal ring is labeled with the 24 hours of the day. It can be used to tell what time of day it is anywhere in the world, along with the sunrise and sunset time.
At the base of the entire unit, there is a turning dial, which has a notch for each day of the year. By turning that dial, one can track the earth's 365 day path around the sun. There is a bright lighted spot that shines when the world globe is illuminated, representing where the sun is in relation to the earth. As the dial turns, the sun spot tracks the movement of our closest star over a year long period, alternating between the Tropic of Cancer, the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. When this model's internal light is activated, half of the globe is illuminated, representing the part of the world that is always lit in daylight by the sun. The other half of the globe remains dark, representing the night side of Earth. In the dark half of the globe, there are three rings by its edge, designating the three twilight zones: civil, nautical and astronomical.
The Columbus Marco Polo Illuminated Desktop Globe is packed to the brim with geographic information, with its physical map that also contains the place names and political boundaries that become more apparent with light! Experience the educational wonder of our planet with the fascinating Marco Polo world globe. The product comes with your choice of a stainless steel, brass or wood base. All three options are shown above and can be chosen from the drop down menu.
The Marco Polo has turned out to be quite informative along with beautiful. I got the one with the wooden base and I couldn't be happier with my choice. Thanks!
All of our Replogle Globes are covered by a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty (starting from the date of purchase) which covers any manufacturer defects in material and craftsmanship, subject to normal use. If you have any question regarding the warranty program, please call our support department at 1(800) 213-4374.