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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Surfacing

On our way to Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines
The Wikipedia article about this location doesn't mention anything about submarine communications.


by Nicole Starosielski, Erik Loyer, and Shane Brennan
Design and programming by Erik Loyer
Prototype developed by Craig Dietrich
Additional writing by Jessica Feldman and Anne Pasek
Undersea fiber-optic cables are critical infrastructures that support our global network society. They carry 99% of all transoceanic digital communications, including:
phone calls,
text messages,
email,
websites,
digital images and video,
and even some television.
It is cable systems, not satellites, that transport most of the Internet around the world.
Surfacing is a spectacular interactive map of the world's submarine communications cables, as least the ones in running under the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Zoom in, zoom out, point and click and it tells you about the cables and the nodes.

Some of the information might be a little cryptic.
There are layers upon layers in here. Click on the right items and you get a different kind of map that shows zones instead of cables. Not sure what that is all about.

Réunion
One of the coolest things is that when you zoom out far enough that map distorts to more accurately show relative locations of places, something you don't get with a static map.

Submarine Telecoms Forum also has a map. The view is static and but it does cover the whole world.

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