Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River by Harold Fisk. Part of an otherwise technocratic report for the Army Corps of Engineers, Fisk’s fifteen maps of the historical traces of the Mississippi River are a triumph of information aesthetics.
Local wireless internet helps promote the feeling that data moves through thin air, but in reality: the vast majority of international data transfers are made possible by underwater cables. These slim fiber-optic tubes are the backbone of our global internet. Per the Vox video above, “about 300 undersea fiber optic cables are responsible for 99% of international data traffic.”