For a wealth of cartographic and astronomical information, be sure to check out the Columbus Student Marco Polo Illuminated Desktop Globe - 12 Inch! The globe has a 12 inch acrylic sphere containing an engrossing political map, along with unique characteristics showing earth's relation to the sun. The Marco Polo has a strong plastic base and meridian with an additional horizontal ring encircling the equator and separating the two hemispheres. The ring features notches representing the 24 hours of the day. It can be used to tell what time of day it is anywhere on the world globe, along with the sunrise and sunset time.
At the bottom of the entire unit, there is a turning dial, which has markings for every day of the year. By twisting the dial, one can track the earth's annual path around the sun. There is a bright lit spot that shines when the world globe is illuminated, representing where the sun is in relation to the earth. As the dial spins, the sun spot tracks the movement of our solar neighbor over a year long period, alternating between the Tropic of Cancer, the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn meridians.
When this model's internal light is turned on, half of the globe is illuminated, representing the side of the world that is lit by daylight. The other half of the globe remains black, representing the night side of Earth. In the dark part of the globe, there are three lit rings by its edge, designating the three twilight zones: civil, nautical and astronomical. The Columbus Student Marco Polo Illuminated Desktop Globe - 12 Inch is packed to the brim with mesmerizing cartographical information, as the contemporary political map also contains shading that illustrates the earth's physical attributes! Experience the educational merit of our planet with the fascinating Student Marco Polo world globe.
I got this for my 11 year old son. He loves it!
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.