Called “Anthropocene”, this mind-blowing video by Globaia is a “three-minute rollercoaster ride through the latest chapter in the story of how one species has transformed a planet.” In the bottom image above, “human technology presence over Africa at night. Road, rail and data transmission lines are highlighted on the map – along with the undersea data cables that connect continents.” Continue reading to watch.

The three-minute clip is the result of 13 years of devotion by Canadian anthropologist Felix Pharand.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.

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