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IF THE EARTH HAD A DIAMETER of 1.5 METERS

2006-03-26 16:19:43 | ENVIRONMENT
IF THE EARTH HAD A DIAMETER of 1.5 METERS

How large is the earth we live on ?
We can't imagine it easily.
So, suppose, for instance, the earth is 1.5meters in diameter.

If the earth had a diameter of 1.5 meters,
The amount of seawater would be 2 liters.
We would have only 60 c.c. of freshwater,
90% of which would be water of glaciers.
So, we could drink only a spoonful of water.

If the earth had a diameter of 1.5 meters
Arable land would be 45 square centimeters in area,
Which is as large as a handkerchief
Forests would be 70 square centimeters,
Which is as large as a neckerchief

If the earth had a diameter of 1.5 meters,
Only a balloonful of atmospheric air would remain to us.
At the present moment,
6.3 bilion people live on the earth.
And the number of calories of food
We can produce on this planet is limited
Because of the limit of Arable land.
The human family can put out
A hundred and seventy trilion kilo-calories

The average American knife and fork is 3,900 kilo-calories
If 4.4 billion people eat like Americans,
They will gobble up all the calories humans can produce.
The average Chinese meal is 3,000 kilo-calories
5.7 billion people's eating like the Chinese
Will cause all of the food on the earth to run out.
The average Japanese feedbag is 2,700 kilo-calories
If 6.3 billion people eat like Japanese,
They will eat up all the calories of food humans can produce.

We would have a spoonful of water to drink.
Arable land we would have is 45 square centimeters in area,
Which is as large as an handkerchief.
Only A balloon of air,
That's all we would have.


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