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What is the Meridian?

Most globes have a metal ring either full circle or half (semi) circle. These are called Meridians and they are generally numbered in degrees from 0║ at the equator to 90║ at either Pole. Originally, meridians were used to help locate positions on the globe, but since many globes now have the longitude and latitude lines on the maps, the numbers on the meridian have become less important, but the ring itself still serves to hold the globe ball in position.