Order-of-Magnitude Local Knowledge

2023-11-04

How well do you know the place you live? Try to find the answers to these questions for yourself and learn them to the nearest order-of-magnitude.

  • For your town / city:
    • How many people live there?
    • What is its area?
    • How much electricity does it use?
    • What is the areas GDP?
  • What is the nearest significant body of water and what is it's area?
    • What is its volume?
  • What is the nearest significant river and what is its flow rate?
  • What is the area and yearly flow of your watershed?
  • For your province / state:
    • How many people live there?
    • What is its area?
    • How much electricity does it use?
    • Check how much of a major product is exported.
  • What is the nearest power station and how much does it produce?
  • If there is a nearby port, airport, or train terminal, how much cargo goes through it daily or yearly?
  • What is your annual precipitation?

A lot of these are subjective. What counts as a 'significant' body of water? If you can think of one near you that's probably it, though you may check a map and be surprised.

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