Mapping The Human Influence On Earth

Anthropocene is an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems.  The term was coined by ecologist Eugene Stoermer but has been widely popularized by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen.

The images below where created by Felix Pharand-Deschenes depicting how various human influences from road and rail to internet cables and airlines create significant patterns covering the Earth.

Air traffic routes over Eurasia

Human technology presence over Africa

Human technology presence over Australasia

Air traffic routes around North and South America

Human technology presence over North America

Major road and rail networks in Australasia, transmission lines and underwater data cables

Major road and rail networks in Africa, communication lines and underwater data cables

Road and rail networks in South America

Road and rail networks, city illumination, communication lines and underwater data cables in Europe.

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