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(Gizmodo)   NASA image showing every tree in the U.S.. Kinda sparse there in the middle   (gizmodo.com) divider line 97
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2012-01-14 02:46:31 PM  
Only 5 million trees in the U.S.? I would guess that there are at least that many in New York State alone.
 
2012-01-14 03:01:42 PM  
Uh, there are more than 5 million trees in my county.

And over 250,000 pigs if that matters.
 
2012-01-14 03:23:59 PM  

themeaningoflifeisnot: Only 5 million trees in the U.S.? I would guess that there are at least that many in New York State alone.


From the original article:

Kellndorfer estimates that their mapping database includes measurements of about five million trees.

They based their estimates in part on a DB that indexes 5 million trees. Somewhere during the translation to Gizmodo they farked it up.
 
2012-01-14 03:33:48 PM  
I grew two avocado trees from seed that I keep as houseplants, inside, where the satellites can't see them. Take that, NASA! :-P
 
2012-01-14 03:41:07 PM  
The "Great Plains" are... great!
 
2012-01-14 03:43:28 PM  
As someone who has driven through South Dakota multiple times, I can say with certainty that both of the state's trees are represented on that map.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 03:58:34 PM  
For those who get a blank page when clicking a Gawker network link, the original: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/ForestCarbon/page4.php
 
2012-01-14 05:01:37 PM  
pretty sure I farted last week and caused a firestorm that killed more then five million trees
 
2012-01-14 05:26:12 PM  
That article is an awesome read for the trainwreck comment thread below. It went on the rails on the Boobies and never came back.

Must be some TFers lurking.
 
2012-01-14 05:26:45 PM  
Even trees don't like republicans
 
2012-01-14 05:32:47 PM  
Kinda sparse there in the middle

You mean that area known as the short/mid/tallgrass prairie? The fark you say.
 
2012-01-14 05:40:10 PM  
Wow, that's a lot less than I'd imagined. What's the large corridor of wasteland that goes up through Louisiana?
 
2012-01-14 05:42:50 PM  

make me some tea: Wow, that's a lot less than I'd imagined. What's the large corridor of wasteland that goes up through Louisiana?


David Vitter?
 
2012-01-14 05:51:37 PM  

FloydA: make me some tea: Wow, that's a lot less than I'd imagined. What's the large corridor of wasteland that goes up through Louisiana?

David Vitter?


Population probably. We've stripped a good part of the country. Nrn Indiana, Illinois, Srn Michigan and Wisconsin? Those used to be forested.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 05:53:29 PM  
make me some tea

Is that the Mississippi flood plain and associated farmland?
 
2012-01-14 06:00:48 PM  
We're going to remove the tree in our backyard. They're going to have to update the image.
 
2012-01-14 06:27:13 PM  
The lack of geography & basic earth science knowledge in this thread saddens me.
 
2012-01-14 06:38:56 PM  

Karmacidal: The lack of geography & basic earth science knowledge in this thread saddens me.


I'm pretty sure nearly all of that is sarcasm and failed attempts at humor.
 
2012-01-14 06:46:58 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: Even trees don't like republicans


Don't worry, the feeling is reciprocated.
 
2012-01-14 06:59:42 PM  
So many trees... but where's the forest.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 07:00:36 PM  
make me some tea

If you meant the narrower northwest/southeast strip, that one is weird. Probably aliens.
 
2012-01-14 07:00:59 PM  
Hehe, "woody biomass".
 
2012-01-14 07:02:38 PM  

Karmacidal: The lack of geography & basic earth science knowledge in this thread saddens me.



wut-uh-ya mean, mace?
 
2012-01-14 07:03:12 PM  
There's a lot less in Florida than I imagined. Discounting pine weeds that some like to call trees, I think there's a secret rule that you have to have at least 3 royal palm trees per quarter acre lot here, which means the data provider is either stupid or a troll. Given that the article is from Gawker/Gizmodo and (gag) io9, I'm going to go with stupid.
 
2012-01-14 07:03:14 PM  
Why is the government spying on the trees?
 
2012-01-14 07:07:30 PM  

Arkanaut: So many trees... but where's the forest.


Came for this.

Gratitude.
 
2012-01-14 07:10:04 PM  
I own 12 pixels. Wow.
 
2012-01-14 07:11:57 PM  

ZAZ: make me some tea

If you meant the narrower northwest/southeast strip, that one is weird. Probably aliens.


If we're talking about the same thing, that's the Red River floodplain.
 
2012-01-14 07:12:37 PM  

ZAZ: If you meant the narrower northwest/southeast strip, that one is weird. Probably aliens.


It looks like the channel of the Red River, but why is it pretty much devoid of trees?
 
2012-01-14 07:13:03 PM  

FunkOut: Why is the government spying on the trees?


We could tell you, but we don't want to alarm anyone and cause the population to start panicking.
 
2012-01-14 07:14:12 PM  
Funny, in New England you can see the extent of urbanization from the gaps in the forestation.
 
2012-01-14 07:19:06 PM  
Yeah that green part is the Willamette valley I think. We have street sweepers picking up leaves all night, every night. Good think I don't have a lawn
 
2012-01-14 07:31:44 PM  

Arkanaut: Hehe, "woody biomass".


I got yer "aboveground woody biomass" right here, buddy.

\Just in case anyone needs a single toothpick
 
2012-01-14 07:41:25 PM  

emonk: I own 12 pixels. Wow.


NorCal represent...21 here.
 
2012-01-14 07:44:23 PM  

FloydA: I grew two avocado four marijuana trees from seed cuttings that I keep as houseplants, inside, where the satellites can't see them. Take that, NASA! :-P


Fixed.
 
2012-01-14 07:45:17 PM  

JamisonJamieJames: Yeah that green part is the Willamette valley I think. We have street sweepers picking up leaves all night, every night. Good think I don't have a lawn


Nah, look again, that's the white area surrounded by the green and black of everywhere that isn't Stumptown and the valley.

/Livin' in dark green and black.
 
2012-01-14 07:48:14 PM  

theorellior: ZAZ: If you meant the narrower northwest/southeast strip, that one is weird. Probably aliens.

It looks like the channel of the Red River, but why is it pretty much devoid of trees?


Based off Google Maps, cleared farmland with a little bit of floodplain thrown in.

JamisonJamieJames: Yeah that green part is the Willamette valley I think. We have street sweepers picking up leaves all night, every night. Good think I don't have a lawn


Don't you mean that white bit surrounded by green bits up in NW Oregon?



I would also like to ask what's up with the lines? Because some green masses run right up to the edge of lines and then stop. (N Ohio, Indiana, Central Valley, Central Washington). Are the lines based on categories of some sort? Is there a data entry or policy difference causing that or what?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 07:54:47 PM  
meyerkev

Some of the lines are probably forest-prairie regional boundaries and naturally follow the green-white boundaries. The line in New England could be the temperate-transition forest border. If they continued north into Canada they would draw another line for the transition-boreal forest border.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 07:57:12 PM  
The line in the Carolinas must be the fall line. The line in Florida marks the end of the Eastern forest ecozone and the start of a subtropical climate.
 
2012-01-14 08:15:23 PM  
Tree number 1 - the larch.
img690.imageshack.us
 
2012-01-14 08:17:18 PM  
FTFA:
It's displayed at a 30 meter resolution, where every four pixels constitutes an acre and every ten represents a hectare.

Damn, you guys got big trees in the USA.

But I can vouch for lack of trees in the middle. I drove from Brownsville, Texas to Duluth, and I didn't see a single tree the first 1400 miles.
 
2012-01-14 08:29:33 PM  
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2012-01-14 08:46:10 PM  
cdn.gunaxin.com

"Have you seen my friends around here? WHAT DID YOU DO TO THEM!"
 
2012-01-14 08:50:53 PM  
5 Billion seems low as well.
 
2012-01-14 08:57:22 PM  
Since wildfires consume over a million ACRES of forest land nearly every summer, I'm in the "5 million trees is bullshiat" camp.
 
2012-01-14 08:58:27 PM  
The big gap in the middle is Corn.....
we have trees too but just in town.
 
2012-01-14 08:59:50 PM  

ZAZ: The line in the Carolinas must be the fall line. The line in Florida marks the end of the Eastern forest ecozone and the start of a subtropical climate.


I figured those boundary lines were for climactic zones.
 
2012-01-14 09:16:39 PM  

Amos Quito: The "Great Plains" are... great!


That was my first thought as well, there is a reason its called the great plains dumbmitter.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 09:18:21 PM  
theorellior

They could be climate. I'm not sure how to tell the difference because there are differences of opinion in zone boundaries. For example, the southeastern coastal plain may be divided into a coastal ecoregion and an inland region between the coast and the fall line. No such division exists on the NASA map.
 
2012-01-14 09:22:17 PM  

MontanaDave: I'm in the "5 million trees is bullshiat" camp.


Of course it is.

My relatively small yard has about 50 trees.

Using the five million figure means that 1 in every 100,000 trees in the U.S. is in my yard.

First google chart for Minnesota alone cites about 10 billion trees.
 
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