October 19, 2008

8600 BILLION MORE REASONS TO PITY THE FLATLANDERS:

How many leaves change color in NH? 608 billion (AP, 10/19/08)

The U.S. Forest Service says one-sixth of the state's forest land is taken up by sugar maple, yellow birch and beech trees, which means 666 million colorful trees. Those trees amount to 1.9 million tons of "foliar biomass," or in other words, leaves.

Assuming the average tree has 800 leaves, each weighing a tenth of an ounce, that's 608 billion leaves.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2008 12:16 PM
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