It's a view of the world you may not have seen before, but certainly participated towards. With key shipping and aircraft routes highlighted in blue and yellow respectively, the following brief animation from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum depicts global transportation links in intricate detail, like a web across the planet.
Does the world feel like it's getting smaller?
With the advent of global navigational tools and the means to get there, we can leap from continent to continent with extraordinary speed and efficiency. It's as if the whole world has arrived on our doorstep, importing and exporting goods at a rate never seen before in the history of mankind.