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Here's How America Uses Its Land

Although most of the people in the United States live in cities, you'd never know it by looking at a map of the country, because those urban areas take up very little room in a big nation. What are we doing with the rest of that land? You might be surprised. Not only is a big proportion home to cows and other livestock, but a huge chunk is devoted to raising feed for that livestock -and livestock in other countries. And just look at the little bits we set aside for national parks, state parks, and federal wilderness areas! Other maps show us where the crops, the forests, the people, and the wetlands are. See an interactive set of maps at Bloomberg that give us views from different angles on how the US uses its land. Alaska and Hawaii aren't included, maybe because the size of Alaska would change all the other statistics. -via Boing Boing


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