Relief Globes

This has to be seen to be believed. James Lin writes to tell us about the Relief Globe Company: “Alan Folmsbee, a former Sun Microsystems engineer, has set up his own globe company with massive vertical exaggeration: 250× for the land globe, and 150× for the seafloor globe.” The globes, which cost $1,000 or more, are made by firing lasers at liquid plastic. (Copies are made in the usual urethane way.) The point of the exaggeration is to show greater detail. The site has lots of photos; there was coverage in the Santa Cruz Sentinel last year and in the San José Mercury last week (registration required).