Gorgeous light-streaked flight path maps

For a year, transport planner Michael Markieta traced more than 58,000 flight paths that cross the globe. He used GIS technology to do this, and the result is rather visually stunning: illuminated maps of these routes. Philosopher Mark Vernon said to BBC News, “You wonder what’s going on in the darker parts, what kind of life, or activity, is concealed” while aviation consultant John Strickland said, “You can see where things are changing. Asia is really dense with flight paths. In China you have a rising middle class travelling for business and leisure”. Guess we all see what we are looking for.

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