Sometimes a comparison can be useful.
So it’s a lazy Saturday afternoon here and I was having trouble visualising volume from a linear representation. Thus, I was working out the size of cuboids holding these amounts.
Rounding liberally, the Colorado river is a cube about 8.5 yards on each side. That’s a medium-large living room filled to twice it’s height, say.
More impressively, the Mississippi is equivalent to a baseball diamond covered to a height of 43 feet with water, every second (more esoterically, it’s about 20% more than a cubic cricket pitch, which is a length I can picture).
The cube with faces 8 feet long for the Rio Grande’s one second flow seems puny by comparison.
That’s great! I wish I had the graphics chops to mock that up visually.
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