Incredible Map Depicts 550,000 Miles of Underwater Cables That Power the Internet

Sep 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm |
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Ever wonder how the Internet works? Manpower, and a whole lot of it.


Did you know that there are over 550,000 miles of underwater cables laid across the planet that transport 99% of international data? That’s enough wiring to go around the entire Earth 22 times, and all together, it looks like the world’s most complicated metro system. And it’s all laying right there, under our oceans.

The first transatlantic cable was laid down in the 1850s, and we haven’t stopped since then. There are more than 300 of these submarine cables, and the longest one is over 24,000 miles total. The craziest part is that some of them are less than three inches wide, carrying only a few optical fibers that instantaneously transmit information from one end to another.

Watch the video below to be blown away by this intricate system that we can only hope isn’t doing any harm to the native aquatic life down below the surface of the world’s oceans. SHARE this if you were as blown away as I was!


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I can’t believe it takes this much junk in the oceans for my computer to work.