From GoogleMapsMania by Keir Clarke
Every year Telegeography creates an updated undersea cable map of the world.
The 2015 Submarine Cable map was inspired by medieval and renaissance cartography and features not only a vintage map style but sea monsters, map border illustrations and images showing some of the common causes of cable faults.
The map shows 299 submarine cable systems across the globe, that are active or are under construction.
The border illustrations provide information on the capacity data of some of the major cable routes. Other inset illustrations provide information on how submarine cables are laid.
A number of images on the map explain some of the common causes of cable faults.
Some fictional causes of cable faults are also included in the map in the form of mythical sea monsters.
The text provided with each monster includes a reference to which historical map it first appeared on.
This 3d globe of submarine cables allows you to search the world's undersea cables by location and by date of construction.
If you select a cable on the map you can find out more about the cable's owner, date of construction and the cable's length,
The map allows you to view the undersea cable network for any year, or you can animate the map to view how this global network has grown since 1989.
The map also allows you to refine the cables shown by cable owner.
You can click on any of the cables displayed on the map to view it's length, it's first year of operation and the cable's owners.
- GeoGarage blog : Thin underwater cables hold the internet / The medieval undersea cable map / Messages from the deep: Interactive map plots the sprawling growth of the submarine cable network since 1989 / Here’s how the Internet’s arteries travel across the world's oceans in 2014 / Undersea cables are actually more vulnerable than you might think / Submarine cables : how the net connected the world