[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Wotsit

  • From: "Paul Stone" <pastone@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 22:03:49 -0400

On Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 9:34 PM, Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Except that the paving over of the country by making
>  it a massive suburb is contributing to the depletion
>  of groundwater.  Instead of seeping into the ground
>  naturally, rain, when there is rain, is channeled into
>  the drains and from there eventually it runs into the
>  river and into the oceans.

But... you've never done the math and this is why your hysterical
[literal meaning] emails are so hysterical [adopted meaning].

The VAST majority of the Earth, and even an extremely "populated"
place like The United States of America is STILL not sewered, let
alone paved. Let's just look at New York State (a pretty populated
place -- 6th most densely populated in the USA):

Top Ten Cities (by Population):

New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse, Albany, New Rochelle,
Mount Vernon, Schenectady, Utica

Together about 9.3 million people -- about 47% of the total population
of the state live in these ten cities. Total area of these cities
combined is about 1300 km^2. Total area of New York State is about
142,000 km^2. Therefore the most developed half of the state reside on
less than ONE percent of the land. This is where your concrete jungles
are. Man has actually done VERY little to prevent natural drainage.
Yes, ditches, tiles and irrigation is quite developed in the rural
parts of a large portion of the country, but the VAST majority of the
Earth is NOT even close to being drained by anything approaching
engineered drainage.

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