The Columbus Explorer 12 Inch Illuminated Desktop Globe is a back-to-basics, reliable desktop model. With its classic color scheme and dependable construction, this is a meat and potatoes world globe that will not go out of style and will thrill with its sharp cartography for years to come. The 12 inch blue ocean globe stands 14 inches atop the metal base and hard plastic meridian. The attractive acrylic sphere is complemented by the simple silver design of the desktop model's stand. The meridian, which holds the world globe at a 23.5 degree angle, also features latitudinal degree markings, which provides additional cartographic value.
Where the Explorer surpasses similar globes by other manufacturers, is its brilliant illumination. The globe showcases a highly detailed political map when not illuminated. However, with the flip of the world globe's switch, the political geography takes on physical attributes, as the colors of the planet's organic vegetative cover come alive with light. Also, shading that illustrates the depth of the ocean and peaks of the world's mountains become more apparent when the model is illuminated. Columbus is known for its quality manufacturing, and this desktop globe is a great example of why the company has such a high reputation in the industry. For those looking for a durable, go-to globe for their home, school or office, the Columbus Explorer Illuminated Desktop Globe 12 Inch is the obvious choice.