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(National Geographic)   Lake bigger than West Virginia found inside Greenland ice? Well, that's all well and good, but how many Rhode Islands is that?   (news.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 14
    More: Interesting, West Virginia, Greenland, global warming, meltwaters, effects of global warming, core samples, ice sheets, aquifers  
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2014-01-03 12:06:49 PM
It's 35.29 Rhode Islands, subby.
 
2014-01-03 12:43:43 PM
15.68 Rhode Islands.

(24,230mi2/1545mi2)
 
2014-01-03 12:46:50 PM
Not the area of the lake, but that's how many Rhode Islands there are per West Virginia.
 
2014-01-03 12:52:38 PM
Whoops. WEST Virginia.
 
2014-01-03 01:00:40 PM
Obligatory XKCD reference.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-01-03 01:16:20 PM
How many Olympic-size swimming pools?
 
2014-01-03 01:20:21 PM

give me doughnuts: 15.68 Rhode Islands.

(24,230mi2/1545mi2)


That assumes you're including land and water for the size of RI.  RI only has ~1000 mi^2 of land.
 
2014-01-03 01:27:47 PM
Andrew Bird inconsolable.
 
2014-01-03 01:29:39 PM

Smoky Dragon Dish: give me doughnuts: 15.68 Rhode Islands.

(24,230mi2/1545mi2)

That assumes you're including land and water for the size of RI.  RI only has ~1000 mi^2 of land.


I just used the "total area" metric on the wikipedia page.
But since the object getting measured was an aquifer, I thought including the water area was appropriate.
 
2014-01-03 02:17:56 PM
Seems weird to measure water in square miles.
 
2014-01-03 04:07:08 PM
I wonder how do they do that in the UK.
Isle of Man?
Wales?
Prince Charles' ear?
 
2014-01-03 05:38:49 PM
image.spreadshirt.com
 
2014-01-03 08:04:21 PM
FTFA:

2012 saw the highest amount of surface melt and runoff from Greenland ice ever recorded. Greenland lost 121 billion tons of ice a year from 1993 to 2005 and 229 billion tons a year between 2005 and 2010.

Lucky the warming stopped in 1998 ... oh. :(
 
2014-01-04 01:57:04 AM
I wonder how many National Geographic readers over the years have cancelled their subscriptions because the organization recognizes the factual evidence of global warming.

("They used to be respectable, but then they got mixed up in politics! Harumph! Harumph!")
 
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