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World wide web
The world wide web relies on cables to function so those cables are essential for global communication through the internet.
This video (from Commoncraft) explains in plain English how the world wide web works.
History of trans-Atlantic cables
This video gives a brief introduction to the very first trans-Atlantic cable that was laid in 1858. Cables enabled communication with Europe and had a huge impact on the United States who had previously been isolated from the rest of the world.
Fibre optic internet cables
This video explains how underwater internet cables are laid.
Submarine cables and the oceans
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Consequences of broken cables
In March 2013 three fiber-optic cables off the coast of Egypt were cut, this resulted in about 1 billion people in Europe, Africa, and Asia experiencing up to 60 percent slower Internet connections.
Click on the image above to access an interactive map highlighting the kind of issues that can arise when cables are damaged.
In your text books...
Geography Course Companion by
Cambridge Geography for the IB Diploma Global Interactions by
You have online access to this book through the home page of this libguide.
In the Senior Library
How Computers Work by
Call Number: Library - Non Fiction 004.16
Part 7 of this book includes information about the internet and how it works.