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Tear Apart the World

an enhanced educational globe
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(I couldn’t find a better category, unless it also doubled as a helmet)

Edit- thanks for the *globe* category!

This is a world globe with many added features. Made of light clay, rubber, and gel “Terra-Parts”, one can literally tear apart the earth and look at it from many angles. The topographical continents and oceans are removable somewhat like a puzzle. They are made of a polymer rubber that sticks into place, and can be torn off to examine the different color variations, which denote depth and/or elevation. When those are removed, the globe then can be then taken apart in half from the equator. This portion reveals the crust, mantles and inner and outer cores. (I did find a cheap foam globe that does have this aspect) These color-coded layers are also all removable one by one in scale dimensions. The center is a soft gel core denoting the molten portion, which also contains a small iron inner core at the very center. You can lie out the oceans and continents to see how a flat map is made and separate the layers of the Earth right down to the core.

Now, you can start putting the world back together.

xandram, Jun 01 2006

Very similar patented in '95 but haven't seen in production http://www.freepate...ne.com/5441261.html
[NotTheSharpestSpoon, Jun 01 2006]

Physiographic relief globe http://www.amep.com...ddetail.asp?cid=211
Just a model, nothing to tear apart. [jutta, Sep 22 2008]

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       I'm guessing the layers won't be in scale because that would make for some *very* thin layers. But + for the idea. I think I would make it lighted from the inside so the more you peel back the hotter (in color, not heat) it glows.   

       And pay no attention to the patent- your idea is better. That is not the patent you are looking for. <waves hand in silly attempt at Jedi powerness>
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Jun 01 2006
  

       + Don't panic.   

       Excellent for budding geocide commiters. +
dbmag9, Jun 01 2006
  

       Interesting link, [NTSS] I was actually surprised that something like didn't already exist, or I couldn't find one anyway. (and there is no Globe category here)
xandram, Jun 01 2006
  

       Bun! Really neat. Would be fun if it had all kinds of layers.. maybe accesory layers - like wind patterns, atmosphere layers, etc. Needs RFID.
epicproblem, Jun 01 2006
  

       We need a version filled with custard.
dbmag9, Jun 01 2006
  

       I like the light idea and the accessory layers. It would be so cool to add so many layers it could extend all the way out into the universe!
xandram, Jun 02 2006
  

       Product: Terraforming
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 02 2006
  

       As a geographical extra, have the continents separate into countries.
Shz, Jun 02 2006
  

       this is a beautiful idea
pigtails_and_ponies, Jul 14 2006
  

       Why thank you [p_and_p].   

       I think the earth is a beautiful place.
xandram, Jul 17 2006
  

       [xandram] - You make my world incomplete.
wagster, Jul 17 2006
  

       You could also make an edible version. Peel, eat, and learn.
fett625, Feb 25 2007
  

       sp. peel
not a bad idea, though.
xandram, Feb 27 2007
  

       Sorry about that.
fett625, Feb 27 2007
  

       The eatable version: Your atmosphere layer is going to have to be made of rice paper, and your outer crust of a very thin candy coating.
Voice, Sep 22 2008
  

       Babe, never miss to peel the continents too... they made the world FL(o)AT!
rotary, Sep 22 2008
  

       I think magnets are the way to go. Stuff made of sticky rubber gets dirty. The gooey parts can be made of stretch armstrong polymer doped with ferrofluid. This would be like a 3D puzzle with differents textured bits.
bungston, Sep 22 2008
  

       Hey, let's make them all!
(yum, chocolate center...)
xandram, Sep 23 2008
  
      
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