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Re: GLIN==> water volume



Dave,

If you are just looking at the conterminous U.S.

The are of the conterminous U.S. is 3,021,295 sq. Miles.  Table 1, page 8,
Statistical Abstract of the United States

The volumes of the Great Lakes are:

Lake Superior   2900 cubic miles
Lake Michigan   1180  "
Lake Huron         850  "
Lake St Clair           1   "
Lake Erie             116  "
Lake Ontario        393  "
   Total                5440  "  Cordinated Great lakes Physical Data, (1977)


5440/3021295*5280 = 9.51 ft.

The Great Lakes would therefore cover the conterminous (excludes Alaska and
Hawaii) U.S.  to a depth of 9.5 ft.


At 08:10 AM 02/25/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>
>    I've heard that the Great Lakes contain enough water to submerge an area 
>the size of the continental U.S. in three feet of water.  I've also heard 
>that it is eight feet of water.
>     Can anyone resolve this, comment on the validity of either comparison
or 
>suggest a different one?
>    Thanks,
>
>Dave Poulson
>Booth Newspapers
>poulsondav@aol.com
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