definition of globe

The globe is one of the most common and useful ways to represent planet Earth. It is a scale element designed based on the shape and surface of the planet as well as in relation to the political limits of the continents and the countries that are in them. It is one of the only three-dimensional forms of representation of the Earth since the maps are two-dimensional and many times because of this the real dimension of the territory is lost in them.

The globe is an invention that dates back a long time, some of them already existing in the Middle Ages in Arab and Chinese hands, that is, not Western ones. To understand their usefulness, we must bear in mind that for a long time humans thought that the Earth was flat, which is why it began to be used after the overseas expansion carried out by Europe confirmed the assumptions and theories. about its roundness or sphericity. Since then, the globe has become an important element of knowledge for navigation and cartography as it is the most accurate way of representing the shape and surface of planet Earth.

A globe is an extremely useful and important element also at an educational level. In this sense, the possession of one of these elements is common in areas such as schools since through its form and the information that it provides, students can clearly observe the location of the countries, their relationship with aquatic systems. and oceanic, the boundaries that countries share with each other and all this in a three-dimensional way, which is much better than regular maps.

The terrestrial globes (as its name implies) represent the planet Earth. However, there are lunar balloons or those of other planets that, although they are not so common, are very useful in the astronomical field to know details of their surface, their relief, etc. Some may also represent the Sun.

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