January 11, 2015

THE UGLIFICATION OF AMERICA:

These Beautiful Maps Show How Much Of The U.S. Is Paved Over (Adele Peters, 1/07/15, Co.Exist)

While some states like Wyoming show up with only a thin patchwork of roads, many, like Texas, are nearly filled in.

"It's amazing how much pavement there is," Fradet says.

The U.S. is covered in about 4 million miles of roads. And while that's only a fraction of a percent of the total land area in the lower 48 states, it's still enough to have a noticeable impact on the environment--from heat islands, to floods, to pollution runoff in nearby waterways. It's also enough space that some argue roads could be used as solar generators to power the entire country.


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