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Each tiny dot on this captivating interactive map represents a single cargo ship plying the waters of the world.
The mesmerizing digital rendition of global shipping routes is the result of a collaboration between data visualization firm Kiln and University College Londons Energy Institute.
It shows the movement of thousands of commercial vessels across the worlds oceans throughout 2012 based on hundreds of millions of individually recorded positions.
As its creators note, the map (below), which was published online in recent days and spotted by Motherboard, shows how ships can move with relative freedom through the open ocean, while routes closer to land require careful management take a look at the clearly defined lanes through the English Channel to see what they mean.