National Geographic : 1961 May
Great Circle Ring instantly shows the short est course and distance between any two points. Merely rotate the globe until both points touch the ring, then read the mileage. clear, specially designed Geographic map lettering. Most important, this globe adds a whole new dimension to the Society's program for spreading geographic knowledge. The globe offers geography in the round. The latest information fills the precisely drawn map that covers this sphere. Ocean areas - 71 percent of the globe's surface - are not merely a solid-blue waste. They show the newest discoveries of oceanography: pro files of ocean floors, seamounts and trenches, continental shelves, soundings, and currents. Political boundaries are as timely as head lines; Africa, for instance, shows the names and boundaries of all the newly independent nations, as of February 15, 1961. Drawn to a generous scale of 660 miles to the inch, the globe is easy to read, yet a handy size. To ensure accurate assembly, the globes will undergo National Geographic inspec tion. The manufacturer, Replogle Globes, Inc., of Chicago, Illinois, prepared special dies to meet Society standards. "I was fascinated by the ingenuity, sim plicity, and flexibility of its design," Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, Deputy Administrator of the Na tional Aeronautics and Space Administration, wrote me. "This brilliantly conceived gen eral-purpose globe for the Age of Space is a great contribution to the dissemination of geographic knowledge." Capt. Alan Villiers took one look and ex 700 claimed: "I could navigate the open seas with that globe!" Dr. Robert Campbell, Chairman of the Department of Geography at George Wash ington University, said of the new globe: "It has the accuracy and flexibility demanded by experts, and it can be used just as easily by the youngster." And Dr. Fred L. Whipple, Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, not only com mended the Society for developing its "uniquely useful" globe, but added: "We have immediate need for these instru ments, and want several as soon as possible!" The globe which has aroused such enthu siasm in these distinguished scientists and educators is cradled freely in its stand; any point on earth can be turned upright. Until a few years ago, such flexibility was unnec essary; little was known or shown about the polar regions. Now the Arctic Ocean is traversed by nu clear submarine and even by regular com mercial airlines. Permanent scientific sta tions dot Antarctica. The new Geographic globe reveals a wealth of recent Antarctic data-discoveries never before shown on any general map, flat or round. For example, Burke Island, named for Adm. Arleigh A. Burke, and the Ellsworth Mountains, named for explorer Lincoln Ells worth, appear for the first time. Ice sound ings in Marie Byrd Land disclose a sub-sea level channel that may divide the continent. The Society's free-standing, classic globe design was first fashioned by the ancient Members of the Society may obtain National Geographic Globes for their own use or as gifts at $16.85 each. The first printing is limited, so orders should be sent promptly; globes will be shipped postpaid as orders are received. Members may request later billing, or remittances may accompany orders. Ten-color, glossy-finished globe: 12 inches in diameter; 37.7 inches in cir cumference; scale 660 miles to the inch; complete with Geometer, scaled Great Circle Ring, supporting stand, and in struction booklet containing index of 4,179 place names and detailed illus trations showing the many uses of the globe. Address National Geographic Society, Dept. 63, Washington 6, D. C.