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    When you do a Google search, send Gmail or watch a YouTube video, Google routs your transmission through one of its giant data centers. This one is in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Google generally keeps them under lock and key, but allowed New York photographer Connie Zhou to take these colorful pictures.
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    Thousands of feet of pipeline inside a Google data center in Douglas County, Ga. Google says it paints the pipes bright colors for an amusing aesthetic, but also to identify each one by function. The bright pink pipe on the left side of this photo transfers water from the row of chillers (the green units on the left) to an outside cooling tower.
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    Ethernet switches in Berkeley County, S.C. connect the Google facilities network and allow communication with the main controls for the center's cooling system.
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    A view from above the floor at the data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Steel beams both support the structure and help distribute power.
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    In addition to the coloring pipes, Google also organizes cables by color. These are in Dalles, Ore.
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    An overhead view of a Google cooling plant in Hamina, Finland, where seawater from the Gulf of Finland is used to cool the electronics.
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    Blue LEDs illuminate this row of servers in the data center in Douglas County, Ga. Google uses LEDs because of their energy efficiency. Internet companies are sometimes criticized for their energy consumption; it is estimated that data centers now use 1.5 percent of the world?s electricity.
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    Colorful pipes carrying water in and out of the Oregon data center in Dalles. The blue pipes supply cold water to the servers and the red pipes return warm water to be cooled.
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    Inside the campus network room in Council Bluffs, Iowa, routers and switches allow Google data centers to talk to each other. The fiber optic networks connecting Google sites can run 200,000 times faster than a typical home Internet connection.
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