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The world’s internet network has been damaged by an anchor landing on a key cable where it hits Kenya – the East African Marine System. The undersea cables are a remarkably historic but efficient way of supporting the information age, and their network is everywhere.

I had no idea there was a cable running across the entire width of the Atlantic ocean, let alone the dozens shown on this map. The idea of even producing a cable long enough to circle the globe several times, then laying it on the bottom of the deep deep ocean is mind-boggling.

This map from telecom data specialists Telegeography shows the full extent of that network. Zoom in, out and around the map or click on the navigation on the right to explore it.

View the map here >>

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