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LETTER: By the numbers

- Reuters

In a “Jeers” tidbit in The Telegram of Aug. 26, mention is made of Greenland losing so much ice to recent rapid melting that sea levels worldwide were raised by a millimetre.

The average depth of the world’s ocean (there is just one, despite human inclination to count and name) is 12,500 feet. That is 3,800 metres deep and, for comparison, using basic arithmetic, that is three million, 800 thousand millimetres.

In the same opinion piece there is this: “360 gigatons (don’t even ask us to explain that number)”.

No publisher or editor should allow a word into his or her newspaper unless the meaning of that word is known.

Tom Careen,


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