Halloween and Morbid Thoughts

October 8th, 2006

The future of cemeteries looks grim.  UN population estimates are 6.5 billion living today.  If we assume 50% of people will be buried in a cemetery and use a 4×6 foot plot, then 78 billion square feet of land will be used.  As 27,848,400 square feet are in a mile square, this equates to a little less than 2,800 square miles of land used, almost twice the land area of Rhode Island.  Furthermore, these values only reflect a static population number of 6.5 billion and not an evolving population demographic.  Even in death, we humans have a tremendous impact on this world.

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