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If I am running a pipeline of 1,100 miles, how many one acre plots will it take to cover this distance?


Hi Carolyn,

I am not sure I understand your question. A mile is a measure of length and an acre is a measure of area and these are quite different concepts.

When you are running the pipeline you must disturb some land in the process, a strip of land so many feet wide and 1,100 miles long. Are you inquiring about the number of acres in this strip of land? If so, since there are 5,280 feet in a mile and 43,560 square feet in an acre

\[1,100 \times 5,280 \times \mbox{ the width of the strip in feet } \]

will give the area of the disturbed land in square feet and then dividing this by 43,560 will give the area in acres.

If I have misinterpreted your question write back.


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