Raised relief desk globes illustrate land features by molding shapes on the surface of the globe. Most raised relief desk globes feature subtle relief, allowing the user to better visualize mountain ranges and plains by attempting to show elevations and depressions. Raised relief desk globes are not "to scale" because we are viewing a representation of the Earth that is typically reduced to a 12" or 16" ball. The raised relief would be virtually invisible if a scale representation were attempted. Raised relief is one of the most popular and sought out features for any world globe.