The expansion of global transportation system since the Industrial Revolution has been detailed in a three-minute clip.

The animation, Welcome to the Anthropocene, begins in Britain and shows the spread of technology across the globe, showing road networks, shipping routes and flight paths around the world.

Welcome to the Anthropocene from WelcomeAnthropocene on Vimeo.

The three-minute film was made by Globaia and was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, held in March.


The video was the result of 13 years of work by Canadian anthropologist and Globaia general director Felix Pharand-Deschenes.

"These pictures show several sides of global human activities," Mr Pharand told the Daily Mail. "We see everything from paved and unpaved roads, light pollution, railways, electricity transmission lines.

"It shows the extent of our civilisation, the patterns of our global sprawl, how human-influenced our planet now is."

More on Welcome to the Anthropocene, which aims to promote understanding of humanity's impact on the planet, can be found here.