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Re: E-M:/ Water challenge

Yes, you could SAY a one gallon milk jug is one foot wide. That wouldn't make it true. My (plastic ) one gallon milk jug is about 5 3/4 inches wide. A better volume conversion would be that one gallon is 0.13368 cubic feet or, the other way around, one cubic foot contains 7.481 gallons. Large quantities like millions of gallons of water or trillion dollar deficits are hard to comprehend so simple comparisons help. Care in setting up the conversions also helps.
On Thursday, August 12, 2004, at 11:23 AM, Matthew Flechter wrote:

I think an Olympic sized swimming pool holds about 1 million gallons so 574 million gallons is the equivalent of 574 Olympic sized swimming pools.
Another way to do it would be to say a one gallon milk jug is 1 foot wide so 574 million gallons in milk jugs set side by side would be 574 million feet long.  574 million milk jugs would stretch for 108, 712 miles.  The distance around the equator is 24,901.55 miles so all of the jugs of water lined up would go around the world over four times 
I think my math is correct.  You may want to check it.

Matt Flechter
Recycling and Composting Coordinator
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Waste and Hazardous Materials Division
Constitution Hall, Atrium North
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Phone: (517) 373-8422
Fax:      (517) 373-4797
Email: flechtem@michigan.gov

>>> Jeff Kart <jkart@bc-times.com> 08/12/04 11:01AM >>>
Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Kart <jkart@bc-times.com>

Here's one. How much is 574 million gallons of water? Anyone have any
ideas on how to relate that number to readers. Just for fun, I thought
I'd ask. Maybe someone could fill up a football stadium and get back to me.



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