Anthropologist Felix Pharand’s amazingly beautiful diagrams transcend the realm of mere infographic.
These silvery threads stretching around the dark globe create a dramatic spider’s web showing the patterns of our global sprawl.
The stunning images are the result of 13 years of devotion by Canadian anthropologist Felix Pharand who uses them to show how human technologies such as data cables, aeroplanes and roads are colonising the surface of our planet.
Using an ordinary home PC, Pharand input data from agencies such as the Geospatial Intelligence Agency and Atmospheric Administration to create accurate illustrations of how humans have ‘domesticated’ our planet - superimposing the data on images of the earth’s cities lit up at night.
This video is based on the map experiments I have done to illustrate the Anthropocene. It shows several features of our global civilization: cities, built environment, transmission lines, pipelines, main paved and unpaved roads and railways. More maps can be found here, including some with airline routes, shipping lanes and submarine cables:globaia.org/en/anthropocene/
The Sagan Series is a project by Reid Gower to pay tribute to the late, great Carl Sagan. This series of videos combines Sagan’s words with fresh new footage, re-energizing his ideas and making them relevant for a new generation.