‘G’ Is for Globe
A terrestrial globe is a miniature depiction of earth portrayed on a sphere for such is the physical form of our good planet Earth. The word “globe” is derived from the Latin word globus, which means “sphere.” It most often shows nations and major cities. The globe was first mentioned in 150 B.C. and the oldest surviving globe is coincident with Christopher Colombus’s first voyage in 1492. No globes have survived from ancient times or the Middle Ages. A grapefruit-sized globe made from two halves of an ostrich egg was discovered in 2012. This globe dates to 1504 and is believed to be the oldest globe that includes the New World.
“The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite. ”
Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea