Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lots of Dots

A letter in yesterday's Star Tribune by Steven Boyer of St. Paul included this fact I never knew:

We have 400 military bases in Afghanistan. That's a base for every 629 square miles. If they were evenly spaced around the country, no base would be more than 25 miles from another; in fact, there would be four bases 25 miles away and another four bases 35 miles away from each of the 400 bases.
Because I lack imagination, I wanted to map that spacing onto a geographic region I'm familiar with, so I picked Minnesota:

County map of Minnesota with a grid of blue dots at 25 mile increments
Thirteen bases in St. Louis County alone.

Remember, Minnesota is about one-third the size of Afghanistan.


Sonja said...

Steve's a friend of mine. He's an inveterate letter-to-the-editor writer. He recently rode his bike to San Francisco scattering his lefty views across the heartland.

Daughter Number Three said...

Thanks, I will check it out!