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Pank.HQ
09-03-2009, 04:20 PM
I thought you guys would find this underwater cable map (http://www.telegeography.com/products/map_cable/downloads/CableMap09_1600x1200.jpg) interesting.

Without these cables, the internet would be reallllllly slow.

Original articles: :arrow:
http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2008-02/where-undersea-cables-go
http://www.telegeography.com/products/map_cable/index.php?p=59

Ascension
09-03-2009, 04:59 PM
That is interesting...very very interesting.........

Steel General
09-03-2009, 05:38 PM
Interesting stuff...thx for posting.

Lucas_Adorn
09-03-2009, 05:46 PM
Huh.. my father repaired som of those near alaska a few years back. or rather steered the ship that did. funny.

Redrobes
09-03-2009, 05:47 PM
Thats a superb map more for the info in it than the mapping. Why is Greenland so tooled up and the Faroes and other such bizarre places. Looking at google maps of greenland there must be less than a thousand people at the place they have a 1000 miles of fiber to. I don't think were seeing the whole picture there.

Talroth
09-03-2009, 06:00 PM
Thats a superb map more for the info in it than the mapping. Why is Greenland so tooled up and the Faroes and other such bizarre places. Looking at google maps of greenland there must be less than a thousand people at the place they have a 1000 miles of fiber to. I don't think were seeing the whole picture there.

Because they need it?

Sat connections are iffy that far north, people there are still going to want telecommunications, and Greenland produces a TONNE of digital data because of research/exploration.

And it also provides a redundant connection between Europe and North America.

Turgenev
09-03-2009, 06:11 PM
That map might come in handy for a modern day Call of Cthulhu game where the cables keep getting destroyed by unknown forces and the players are members of the survey team sent out to find what's going on. http://paratime.ca/images/chtulu.gif

vgunn
09-04-2009, 10:53 AM
None at all in the Gulf of Mexico. Interesting.

waldronate
09-05-2009, 02:46 AM
I'm pretty sure that the map doesn't actually show the correct paths, just the schematic "A connects to B" sort of thing. Laying cable is expensive, but so is fixing it, especially undersea. If I were laying cable I would try to keep the undersea runs reasonably short, especially if I need repeater stations. A Canada-Greenland-Iceland-Faeroe-Scotland link runs 2500ish subsea miles with several hauling-out points, while a direct New York to England route is more on the order of 3300 miles with no hauling out point (3700 with a stopover in the Azores).