Images of globalization

Undersea Cables

Undersea cables (http://news.cnet.com/2300-1033_3-6035611-1.html)

Photo by TeleGeography Research

The vast bulk of international telephone and Internet traffic travels through underwater cables. This map shows the cables that were in use as of the end of 2004 and gives an indication of where traffic is heaviest.

Undersea Cables

Global Brain?

This image, captured in May 1999, maps all backbone routers based on distance from Lumeta's mapping host in New Jersey. On the color scale, yellow represents the closest nodes, while dark red is farthest away. Readers can construct their own metaphors about this image's similarity to neural networks of a human brain.
Source: http://www.informationweek.com/galleries/showImage.jhtml?galleryID=246&i...

Global Brain?

Genetic Tracing of Migration Patterns

Tracing Human History With Genetics, NYT (Dec 9, 2006)

(http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2006/12/09/us/20061210_DNA_GRAPHIC.htm...)

This New York Times map uses genetic mutation patterns to examine human evolution and migration.

Genetic Tracing of Migration Patterns

Global poverty-biodiversity map

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/global-poverty-biodiversity-map

 

Global poverty-biodiversity map. This map may be used to show areas in which biodiversity is threatened. Areas where high poverty and high population density coincides with high biodiversity may indicate areas in which poor people likely have no other choice than to unsustainably extract resources, in turn threatening biodiversity. The map has been produced from three primary data sources – stunted growth data collected on first level administrative units from FAO (FAO 2004), population density from LandScan (LandScan, 2002), and areas of high biological significance (major tropical wilderness and biodiversity hotspots) from Conservation International (Christ et al., 2003).

Global poverty-biodiversity map

Urban, dryland, and polar systems

Urban, dryland, and polar systems. Urban systems are built environments with a high human density. For mapping purposes, the MA uses known human settlements with a population of 5,000 or more, with boundaries delineated by observing persistent night-time lights or by inferring areal extent in the cases where such observations are absent.

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/urban-dryland-and-polar-systems

 

Urban, dryland, and polar systems