- are designed to sit on a desk or table where they can be readily viewed
- ALL globes are current. This applies to antique looking globes as well.
- have orb sizes ranging from 230mm (9") to 300mm (12")
- have stands that are made of plastic, metal or wood
- some have half meridians (the bracket that attaches the orb - the ball - to the stand)
- some have full meridians which mean the orbs can be tilted to any angle
- and some have no meridians at all