What if there was an EARTH METRO RAIL? (Geography Now!)
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What if there was an EARTH METRO RAIL? (Geography Now!)

September 6, 2019

This episode is brought to you by the Great Courses plus Hey, geogrphy peeps, so I got another little topic for you guys to pontificate. I recently came across this image by Chris Gray from West Yorkshire, depicting his vision for a global metro system. It looks amazing, it has hundreds of different stations on 20 different lines, each reaching a different region of the planet – and it kind of got my gears spinning. First of all I Love trains. I love metro systems. They totally beat traffic. You know at first glance this picture You know it looks kind of fun yet a little far-fetched considering that a lot of the lines traverse what seems like impossible boundaries and the entire Pacific Ocean But what if. What would it take to make this a reality? Well first of all this map misses a few countries. Especially in oceania and the Caribbean and it doesn’t go to antarctica, but that’s okay. We can make that happen later. First of all there’s a few things you have to consider. If we were to literally connect every single continent on the planet it would take a lot of time energy and resources to an extent that the world has never seen before also It might be wise to make a lot of these trains hyper loops as to cut down the travel time with long distances which would also allow more people to travel. Now the first thing you would have to consider would be diplomacy and permission on which areas to build. If we were to connect North and South America, it’s unlikely that panama would open up the darién gap due to the indigenous tribes that refused to build on their land so we might have to build over the ocean into Colombia. That one section of land if it would just open up! Also keep in mind that unless if some kind of miracle Agreement was made it is most likely that people going to armenia would only be allowed to board a North-South train Line going through Georgia and Iran Due to the closed-off borders between turkey and Azerbaijan. Maybe North Korea would allow a train going in through either China or Vladivostok in Russia But I highly doubt there would be a simple Stopover between them and Seoul South Korea that means that if Chinese people want to visit South Korea they would either have to build a really long sea crossing line from the shandong peninsula to incheon or they would have to take a line through Taiwan and the yeah Yama and Okinawa Prefecture island up to Kyushu and then across to Busan and you get a lot of strange scenarios like that all over. I mean there’s that weird strange thing between Algeria and Morocco Ukraine and Russia Iraq and Uzbekistan are just a nightmare and unless you have the right Visa Belarus would probably just kick you out which brings us to the next part I really like the tactic that this guy had for transatlantic oceanic lines for North America He connected Canada to greenland to Iceland to scotland utilizing maximum land crossings at the shortest distance But with South America for some reason he decided to connect Belém brazil with Conakry guinea I don’t know exactly why he chose those cities for me a more reasonable route might be for Stella – maybe Dakar senegal or if You want minimal distance maybe in that tall – Freetown Sierra leone with a quick stopover in Ela Fernando? De Noronha off the coast to cross the pacific Of course Hawaii would have to be like the main central hub and then from there You could go to either kid or bus or the marshall Islands or hey? Why not both? It’s our imaginations We can do whatever we want. No rules up here. Yeah now if this map did go to antarctica I would suggest extending the purple America Line to Tierra Del Fuego Somehow traversing the Impossible Patagonia Glaciers and somehow without dying during the construction process reaching King George Island and from there It’s just a bunch of quick island hops until you hit gram land on the antarctic Peninsula and just be mindful building the train on Solid ground and not an unstable ice shelf and there you go now the big question what are all of the factors Elements and variables that would have to go into the mix to make this become a reality well the answer is Insanity now one thing we can consider to alleviate some of the cost is using some of the train lines We already have so that we don’t have to build a new one now I counted and it seems like with the exception of some train lines in North America Europe Russia China, India and Australia most of these lines actually don’t exist. So let’s assume We’re funding maybe about 75% of all these train lines That’s still a lot each line might cost differently based off of the terrain or ease of transport for material it would be a lot easier to transport materials over the flat plains of Russia rather than the middle of the ocean by Fiji also Are you passing through a row area or through a city because it costs more to build underneath the city then you have to consider? The Labor Force how many people are well equipped with the proper training to construct such a project how long would it take to invest? In the training of people who aren’t also you have to consider the hiring of people to mine the raw? Materials to bring to the factories to shape and mold into the train tracks and the trains themselves And how many people would it take and then you have to consider wages people in different countries get paid different wages and the oceanic Lines especially ones crossing the Pacific would probably cost the most they would probably have to be hyperloop due to the incredibly long Distances and they would have to be very strong and solid due to the fact that you know it’s the Pacific Ocean there’s cyclones There’s crazy things happening all the time They gotta be Solid oh and also consider that a transoceanic train has never been done before which by the way if you didn’t know there actually are Some hyperloop companies out there like hyperloop one or trans Pod that are in the alpha Stages of capital fundraising and researching It’s so cool. Look it up I did the math and factoring absolutely everything I could possibly think of into this whole equation I came around a number somewhere around either 65 to 94 Trillion dollars although it could be a lot more based off of so many factors that I missed out on in the end We live in a time in which air travel is the preferred method of long distance Journeys however Is that really the best way and is it the most efficient is it possible that ground? Transportation and hyperloop technology could bring us into a brand new era of unimaginable global possibility. What do you think it? What do you think about a global metro system? What destinations would you like to see being built I personally think a West Coast, California La to the Polynesian Islands train line would be the coolest thing ever and with that being said I have three very important announcements You’re going to want to listen to at least one of them the first thing that the great courses plus contacted us And they want to sponsor geography now again wahoo for those of you that don’t know the great courses plus is a website with over 7,000 online courses from all across the academic spectrum taught by highly accredited Professors and professionals many ivy league trains they have classes and so many different things like science weightlifting chess art There’s a really cool course called inventions that change the world by professor w bernard Carlsen I recommend it right now They are offering a free one-month trial Or if you really like it you can even sign up and join for a plan at really good rates All you have to do is go to this website here the great courses plus comm slash geography Or you can click on the link in my description. 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Completely funded and ready to go and happen in October with me and my mom thanks to Patreon Patrons I was able to buy the flight tickets and have a side budget for other things like trains and food you made it happen So thank you so much patreon patrons and finally my last Announcement as you know august is upon us which means the school year will soon begin for all students which means I want to visit your school earlier this year I got to visit the cool kids at Centennial High School in Corona, California And now it’s time to see more after the heritage trip in October I want to have a geography bee at your school as of right now I can only travel in North America as I’ll be using my own money to fund the travel cost for me Brandon and ken it’s A little outside of my budget to travel outside of the continent So maybe in the future of geography now gets bigger But right now I can only travel within North America and for sure I have to visit at least one place in Canada I promise you kentucky’s that I would visit before this year is over because I got to celebrate with your 150th anniversary I will be holding a contest and whichever schools win. I will visit details will come next week, so stay tuned in the meantime Thank you for watching this video. I hope you got something out of it subscribe if you want and a stay cool stay tuned


  • Reply ADB December 28, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Mom, I took the wrong train

  • Reply The FutureGamer December 29, 2018 at 3:37 am

    What if all taxi are Toyota Corollas …….


    Wrong channel

  • Reply Elizabeth Iman December 29, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Noronha ppl… nh sounds like the Spanish ñ or the italian gn … like when you say Lasagna

  • Reply Ana Florina January 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

    where is romania? bucharest? forgotten as always

  • Reply CuriousityKilledTheCat January 3, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    The Eurostar crosses the English Channel to France 🤷‍♂️ if we can do it once lads…. 😂

  • Reply Laniakea January 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    4:36 Thats just a tunnel for cars

  • Reply Dharvish Toolsi January 5, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    you left out continental drift

  • Reply William Achia January 6, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Where is Greenland and Iceland

  • Reply William Achia January 6, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    The Pacific ocean line is the biggest part of the system?!?!

  • Reply Adam sturgeon January 9, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    There's only one variable, TRACK GAUGE

  • Reply The_kings_play January 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    There is more rail in china

  • Reply Muffman77 January 15, 2019 at 10:17 am

    6:47 one of these things is not like the other

  • Reply joburgerer January 15, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    You didn’t mention China’s current One Belt One Road Project which is kind of (very kind of) doing a inter-continental train/sea/road route.

  • Reply Maria Florin January 17, 2019 at 4:39 am


  • Reply Isaac Fenster January 19, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I think that a better plan would be to use a few space elevators, maybe one in each continent with outer space hyper loop systems connecting them. Once you arrive at a space elevator and travel to the bottom, a different network of trains could take you to your destinations. But tbh by the time we could achieve this we will already be flying around in space ships.

  • Reply The Algorithm January 19, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Elon Musk could do it.

  • Reply Elena Gibbons January 19, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I wonder… doesn’t Alaska get very close to somewhere in Asia (I’m remembering the land bridge theory)? So if it did, that would be a bit faster of a way to cross the pacific but of course it would miss Hawaii and the other islands out there.

  • Reply Hakan _58 January 21, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Turkish flag 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷

  • Reply TraianusMaster January 21, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Dislike for hype loop.

  • Reply James Shearwood January 24, 2019 at 10:56 am

    6:48 why is Alaska part of Canada?

  • Reply Darth Plageus the Wise January 27, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I think it would be a quite cool, however VERY unlikely scenario.

    Cool thought experiment, though.

  • Reply The S13 January 30, 2019 at 7:02 am

    A lot of new Metro games

  • Reply Itay Cohen January 30, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    When you mentioned hyperloop to be the train that will be it’s so sad that everyone forgot that we have meglev trains wich are very fast and unlike hyperloop they are existing and functioning very well

  • Reply Thomas Wieser February 2, 2019 at 2:07 am

    I'd love to hop on a train at Denver's Union Station and arrive at Wien Hauptbahnhof or Wrocław Głowny!

  • Reply Lilo Nenes February 3, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I would've never expected someone would make such a precise and serious analysis of this picture.

  • Reply Marius Matei February 3, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    As you said, It's Insane!!

  • Reply New Train For MTR February 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    1:51 try to make a train to Hong Kong be cuz I live there and I love Hong Kong 🇭🇰

  • Reply Guilherme Campello February 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    That inland pink railroad in sout América os Impossible becouse of the largest underground whater reserve in the world

  • Reply The Eesti Imperium February 5, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Can’t fly, can we?

  • Reply Luke Palmas February 6, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Will boats be able to fit under the trains?

  • Reply Spin _ February 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Tectonic Plates: Allow us to introduce ourselves.

  • Reply Brandon Chan February 9, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Pocket Trains much?

  • Reply Phos4us February 9, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    3 easy to steps to get more metal.
    1. destroy new York and LA
    2. recycle the metal
    3. Profit
    edit: You'd also have a lot of concrete :/

  • Reply Spliffisms StyL3z February 10, 2019 at 1:19 am

    You know what people have seen in these oceans?

  • Reply Numanbiswas78 Biswas February 10, 2019 at 10:44 am

    What about one belt one road.

  • Reply iTheman 6s February 12, 2019 at 5:20 am

    I keep looking at the word “was” in the thumbnail and I keep thinking “metro rail” says “immortal.”

  • Reply Aku February 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hyperloop + Boring Co

    Musk, this is your chance!

  • Reply Archidiakon Dominik February 16, 2019 at 10:22 am

    If we do that, we have enough dirt to help the sinking nations.

  • Reply SomeDawidGuy February 18, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Iraq and Uzbekistan don't border each other

  • Reply Victor Stenner February 18, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    We shouldn’t go through the middle of the pacific, just use the Bering strait

  • Reply Edgar Ramos February 24, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Toronto !!!

  • Reply MewDenise February 24, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Maybe waaaaaay in the future? It would be amazing, but yeah… we need to figure out the ocean. People would travel less by plane

  • Reply Abbey Barlow February 25, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Where is New Zealand on all these maps?!?

  • Reply Kiddy February 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Metro 2035 confirmed?

  • Reply Sanpey February 28, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    2:33 I love the way that he says Noronha :p

  • Reply Synthetic Dawn February 28, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Replace all that "people" talk by futures automation and you get everything built by machines

  • Reply Ayush Formals March 2, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Then Mumbai to new york would take 7 months to reach.

  • Reply Disgusted Cat March 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I cant believe they made metro into a theory

  • Reply Francisco JCSA March 10, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Hyperloops are not a thing that actually work in real life.

  • Reply mono zarli March 11, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Great video geography now

  • Reply Andrei Madsen March 13, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Check Swiss Metro concept

  • Reply Aidan Keys March 13, 2019 at 1:56 am

    THATS AROUND 47.5 N, 52.5 W to 64 N, 68 W so going north west when going east

  • Reply crash the gaming master/CanadaSlasher March 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Please go to another one in Patterson Lakewood colorado
    They don't know geography

  • Reply Ray Fridley March 14, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Global metro system? Other technical barriers need to include making the track gages and alternating electrical current standard worldwide.

  • Reply 32ways March 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Flying is so damn easy

  • Reply Jaden James March 16, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Why is Alaska part of Canada at 6:45?

  • Reply c Benz March 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Iraq and Uzbekistan don't even border each other

  • Reply Cakrawala Raya March 17, 2019 at 1:48 am

    2:00 Iraq and Uzbekistan?

  • Reply Sankha subhra(Arya) EVERYTHING NOW!! March 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I love your videos and even I have your channel symbol in my home

  • Reply Bl4cklainer March 17, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    What about tectonic plates

  • Reply Chemelski March 26, 2019 at 6:52 am

    What if you miss your stop

  • Reply Wilian Rodrigues March 31, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Kim Jong UN disagrees

  • Reply Noah Deng April 1, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I`m from Windsor, Ontario, and I would add a Windsor stop for the trains

  • Reply The greatest reviewer In the century April 6, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Would be confusing af to travel

  • Reply time tested April 7, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Did no one notice Alaska was shown as being a part of Canada

  • Reply Blakeandsally123 April 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    i would like to take the plane

  • Reply Doubtful Guest April 16, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Then people would be able to inefficiently travel the world by train.

    /video :^)

  • Reply James Shearwood April 20, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Nah, low space flight like virgin galactic is the future of long distance travel

  • Reply Sloppy Toons April 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Well there are already tunnels under the DMZ, so maybe this project could bring peace to the Koreas 🙂

  • Reply Lenny Mapper April 23, 2019 at 8:18 am

    1:52 Don't put railroad to busan! They might be a zombie!

  • Reply Cool Transport April 24, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    what language would the announcements be on the train?

  • Reply - Red Panda Productions - April 25, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Barby likes trains

    train horn

  • Reply Flávio Viana Gomide April 28, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Insane. These guy is crazy.

  • Reply Terr y May 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    6:47 it seem like 318.000.000 American screaming

  • Reply Jackie’s Toy Channel May 3, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Go to Sherwood elimintry

  • Reply O Pol May 4, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    The longest that is rather easy to build is from Scotland to Indonesia, taking conflicts in consideration, via England, the EU, into Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia up until Bali. Or to Panama via the Bering Strait. The distance overseas there isn't the problem, only the remoteness and inefficiency of both their countries infrastructure budget

  • Reply SonicFan '91 May 5, 2019 at 12:33 am

    this is certainly a future thing. with high speed trains serving it all.

  • Reply Mz. Tantowi May 5, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Ring of fire is the huge wall to pass

  • Reply Andrew Thummel May 14, 2019 at 3:30 am

    imagine if I missed my intercontinental stop.

  • Reply 揚小 May 16, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Taiwan to Japan railroad sounds Amazing.

  • Reply poopsicle 3000 May 25, 2019 at 5:05 am

    the map of canada had alaska too

  • Reply Speed Junkie May 26, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I was just thinking about such concept a few hours ago, and what do you know! youtube recommended this, I guess google can read your mind now

  • Reply Random Youtube Channel May 26, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    once ur able to come to europe come to my school in uk

  • Reply Gamerboy June 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Next station: Hong Kong, Interchange station for Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway.

  • Reply sockington1 June 20, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    to pontificate ? do you know what that word means ?

  • Reply Ricardo Talikina June 21, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Am I the only who noticed the station of Buenos Aires?

  • Reply Einar June 21, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    If i’m just going to dream i’d probably want a line like New York – Montreal – Qubec – (Possibly a stop in northern Canada) Nuuk – Reykjavik – Torshavn – Oslo – Stockholm – Helsinki – Saint Petersburg since im from Stockholm.

  • Reply Leong Kum Fatt Playlists June 22, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    This is no no no! Singapore doesn't have more platforms!

  • Reply Miguel Juarez June 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Did anyone realized that he made Alaska apart of Canada even though it's a U.S. state.

  • Reply Emerald Science June 27, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    6:47 Alaska? What happened?

  • Reply Gmackematix July 3, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I'm imagining people in 1900 discussing whether an information network could ever link up all the countries of the world. They would have thought it unlikely because, for example, how would you get all those European Empires, Ottoman Empire and so on to agree?

  • Reply Vira Yudha Tama July 5, 2019 at 10:36 am

    1st priorty to rebuild is faith on humanity

  • Reply Otto Campaign July 12, 2019 at 10:47 am

    It had Varna but no Bucharest ;-;

  • Reply Turtle July 14, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Sorry, no Pittsburgh station, don't support

  • Reply scottie :9 July 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    why not orlando?

  • Reply Sovietman2291 August 11, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Be cool if they could make a line that goes from Denver to Berlin

  • Reply big idiot August 24, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    imagine if you slept at the station

  • Reply Eric Southard August 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I'd love to see nationwide high speed rail in America.

  • Reply Kenan Davendra August 31, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    the channel tunnel

  • Reply Sumit Sur Roy September 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    "snow piercer"

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