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Oldest Known Globe Painted On An Ostrich Egg
2013-08-25 04:49:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Washington Map Society report that they have discovered the oldest known globe to depict the New World – an etching on an ostrich egg that appears to originate from the early 16th century. According to ABC News reporter Alexis Shaw, the egg is about the same size as a grapefruit and dates back to the year 1504. It depicts North America as a series of scattered islands, and also includes South America, Japan,...

Ancient Map Of "America" Found In Germany
2012-07-04 04:44:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In time for Fourth of July festivities, Librarians at a German university announced on Tuesday that they have found a 500-year-old version of a world map that was the first to have mentioned "America." The librarians were unaware of the map's presence until they found it stashed away inside an unrelated 16th century Geometry book. The map doesn't quite pre-date the 1507 map that Germany officially handed over to the U.S. back in...


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North America
2013-02-18 15:40:12

North America is a continent completely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost completely within the Western Hemisphere. It’s also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It’s bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. This continent covers an area of approximately 9,540,000 sq miles, about 4.8 percent of the plants surface or about...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'