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Buy a Globe with the Perfect Map

Choose a Map Style before you Buy a Globe

There are many maps that grace the beautiful globes in the Columbus collection. The differences between them are important, and deciding on the right map is a crucial step to help you buy a globe. The color of the oceans is an important characteristic to decide on when you buy a globe. Blue ocean maps often accompany geographically rich items, while maps with an antique ocean design are more decorative. Antique ocean world globes are based on the beige-hued parchment maps from the dawn of cartography.

Another important factor to consider when you are looking to buy a globe is if you want a political or physical map. A political map means that the countries are delineated on landmasses and shaded in different colors. This is the classic one you remember from school. A physical map bases its design off of the natural look of earth. A physical map shows the properties of the land and ocean as seen from a satellite view in space. Still the physical maps also contain place names and locations.

Columbus invented the now industry-wide technology of including two maps on one world globe. For these models, see the DUO, DUORAMA, ROYAL and DUO ALBA maps. In addition to the map on the outside of the sphere, there is another map on the interior of these world globes. So when the model is not illuminated, one map is displayed. When illuminated, aspects of the map on the interior of the sphere emerge. Still, the map that is shown when the world globe is not illuminated is the principal map of the model. Whichever type of map is most important when you buy a globe--political or physical--that is what you want to be shown when the world globe is not lit.

If you have any other questions in order to help you buy a globe, feel free to contact our expert staff here.

BUY A GLOBE WITH AN EXPLORER WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Political map
  • Country divisions, place names, shipping lanes, water current information
  • American states delineated and colored

 

 Explorer Map

BUY A GLOBE WITH A RENAISSANCE WORLD MAP

  • Antique ocean
  • Political map
  • Country divisions, place names, shipping lanes, water current information
  • American states delineated and colored
  • Elaborate compass rose, cartouche, images of sailboats, mythic sea creatures

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH A DUO WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Political map when not illuminated
  • Country divisions, place names, shipping lanes, water current information
  • Takes on aspects of physical map when illuminated - shading of mountain ranges become stronger

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH A DUORAMA WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Physical map when not illuminated
  • Continents are displayed in natural colors
  • Shading shows mountain ranges, underwater relief of oceans
  • Place names and countries thinly outlined in black
  • Takes on aspects of political map when illuminated - political divisions of countries become more apparent

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH A ROYAL WORLD MAP

  • Antique ocean
  • Political map when not illuminated
  • Country divisions, place names, shipping lanes, water current information
  • Takes on aspects of physical map when illuminated - shading of mountain ranges become stronger

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH A DUO ALBA WORLD MAP

  • Grey ocean
  • Political map when not illuminated
  • Country divisions, place names, shipping lanes, water current information
  • Underwater relief visible
  • Takes on aspects of physical map when illuminated - shading of mountain ranges become stronger
  • Grey ocean becomes a rich blue hue when the world globe's internal light is on

 

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH AN IMPERIAL WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Antique design
  • Elaborate compass rose, cartouche, drawings of sailboats, mythic sea creatures
  • Contemporary political map

 

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH AN INTERACTIVE WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Political map
  • Interactive features with Ting Pen
  • Options for general country information, national anthems, quiz

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH A VOYAGE WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Political map for kids - countries outlined and named, capitals and major cities shown
  • Animals, vehicles, landmarks, indigenous people illustrated

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH A DEEP BLUE WORLD MAP

  • Deep blue ocean
  • Light blue silhouette glow around continents
  • Political map

 

 

BUY A GLOBES WITH A POLITICAL WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Political map

 

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH A PHYSICAL WORLD MAP

  • Blue ocean
  • Physical map

 

BUY A GLOBE WITH AN ANTIQUE WORLD MAP

  • Antique ocean
  • Political map