MATTHEW MCBRIDE, NOAA PACIFIC SERVICES CENTER / NATIONAL CENTER FOR ECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS / NOAA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MATTHEW MCBRIDE, NOAA PACIFIC SERVICES CENTER / NATIONAL CENTER FOR ECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS / NOAA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Global shipping routes, 2004-2005. Rotating Earth globe animation showing some of the shipping routes used worldwide from October 2004 to October 2005. A total of 1,189,127 data points were collected from 3374 commercial and research vessels. This accounts for just over a tenth of all ships that were at sea in 2005. The density of shipping is indicated here by colour, ranging from green for low density to red for high density. The highest density recorded in this dataset was 1158. Some of the most populated shipping routes shown in this model are: the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Malacca, and the Strait of Gibraltar. Areas with lots of shipping include the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, the North Pacific, South-East Asia, the northern Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. This dataset was produced by the US National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Mastered from original duration 00:01:03:18, 22 fps.
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