It's all connected!
October 27, 2010 1:33 AM Subscribe
posted by bjrn (29 comments total)
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You are reading this post thanks to the submarine communications cables
that connect the continents together (except Antarctica).
It has been 160 years since the first submarine cable across the English Channel was laid. Back then it was just a copper wire coated with a natural rubber, the4se days cables are typically 6.9cm thick, made out of eight layers and weigh 10kg per meter. Currently the longest cable (SeaMeWe-3) spans 39,000km connecting Europe, the Middle East, south-east Asia and Australia.
You can feast your eyes on Greg's cable map
, showing you where the enormous amount of cables go. Greg's map doesn't show the exact routes across the ocean floor, for that you can check out the Kingfisher Charts
(north-east Europe only).
And if you love lists, there a comprehensive list of the 983 known landing sites
where the cables come ashore, or more info on the US transatlantic cable landings
The history of submarine cables, and the toil and trouble involved are quite interesting, and the Wikipedia article does a pretty good job of summarizing it (in addition to having lots of interesting links).