Vlad (vlad_badger) wrote in metaquotes,
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The more you know!

I ask vormav in my LJ in a meme:

vlad_badger
Is Canada really full of maple syrup?



vormav
Canada is indeed not really full of maple syrup! You see, Canada has a total area of 3,854,085 square miles (9,984,670 km²). 8.92% of that is water, and a great deal of it is very far north.

Maple Syrup is derived from Maple Sap, and when heated is reduced to 20-40% of its original water content. To fill Canada with maple syrup, I will consider "full" to be 1 meter deep. That would be 9984.67 cubic kilometers of maple syrup, or 33000 cubic kilometers of maple sap to generate that much syrup. As such that is 3.3 × 10^16 liters of sap.

If an average maple tree generates 3 liters of sap each day, it would take 30136986301369 maple trees 1 year to generate enough sap to "fill Canada with maple syrup".

Thus I believe it is not.





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