Re: Agenda 21; The Wrenching Transformation of America
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While you are obviously very intelligent, I think you are looking at the tree, and not seeing the forest on this one. It is not an issue with the math. The drum anaolgy that you referrenced from the NOAA website was meant to make it easy to understand the breakdown of earth’s water by category, and how these different water sources compare to each other (by %). Most people (in the US at least) can easily create a mental picture of a 55 gallon drum, a 1 gallon (milk container), a quart, etc. The fact that they used a 55 gallon drum as an example was completely arbitrary, and was employed only for the ease of the image in grasping the relationships and volumes of the different water sources. Rather than a 55 gallon drum, which happens to have the dimensions which you noted, they could have arbitrarily used a 55 gallon baby pool, or even a 1" diameter pvc pipe which holds 55 gallons (250ft in length). The 55 gallon baby pool example, by your erred logic, would yield a ocean rise much smaller than an inch. A 55 gallon pvc pipe would, by the same logic, yield a 60 inch rise.
Again, my point is that the 55 gallon drum is completely arbitrary, and it’s dimensions are irrelevant to the example’s purpose.
I’ve enjoyed the reading, and have learned alot– so thank you.