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Cosmos Ecosystem 101: the Internet of Blockchains
Jake Kennis

Key Terms

App-chainA L1 blockchain focused on a specific vertical. For instance, Osmosis is a DeFi-focused app-chain.
ZoneA Zone is an app-chain on Cosmos that has enabled IBC.
HubRefers to a Zone that gets sufficiently popular where it becomes integral in cross-chain interoperability - any Zone can become a Hub. Examples include the Cosmos Hub (ATOM).
Cosmos HubRefers to the L1 blockchain that is home to ATOM, and does not reflect the broader ecosystem. This is confusing naming and should not be misconstrued with the entire ecosystem.
Inter Blockchain Communication (IBC)A generalized messaging protocol that allows for any Cosmos Zone to...