How Big is Israel Compared to California?

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  1. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    My Geography is not that great so can somebody cue me in? Would Israel fit inside California? :confused:
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    Yes. Israel is 20330 km² (source), California is 403932 km² (source).
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Israel = 20,330 square kilometres (~7,850 square miles)
    California = ~404,000 square kilometres (~156,000 square miles)
    New South Wales = ~809,000 square kilometres (~312,000 square miles)

    Yeah, it'll fit quite nicely, a few times actually...

    And my state of New South Wales is a little more than double the size of California so Israel will fit in even more down here.
     
  4. Sayhey macrumors 68000

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    If you want information like this the CIA World Factbook is a great resource (you have no idea how funny it feels to recommend a CIA site. ;) )

    edit: oops! If I'd checked Nermal's sources I would have noticed he already gave the same recommendation. Sorry. :eek:
     
  5. MACDRIVE thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wow.. Israel seems to be a small little place. Thanks guys. :)
     
  6. Desertrat macrumors newbie

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    Israel is about as long as the drive from Georgetown, Texas, to San Antonio. The width at the narrowest point, from the west edge of the West Bank to the Mediterranean, is some ten miles--which is why jawboning Israel into giving back what they earned the hard way was as cruel a political joke as has been perpetrated since Peace In Our Time.

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  7. AppleGuy08 macrumors 6502

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    Here is a little comparison i made you:

    (both are to scale, took them from one map)

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    I would have put one on top of the other for a better comparison, but preview is stupid right now, aperture is too complicated lol, and my adobe CS2 isnt installed yet.
     
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    Just because they're from one map doesn't mean that their sizes can be compared. A classic example is how the common Mercator projection of the world map makes Greenland look as big as Africa, when in fact it is about 1/10 the size.

    http://www.odtmaps.org/mer2.htm

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  10. AppleGuy08 macrumors 6502

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    Yah were not talking about Mercator maps and how sailors used it for navigation. i went to encarta.com. Im looking at my map on the wall from NASA that is to scale (no way it cant be considering it was mapped by satellites) and the sizes look the same as the ones i posted earlier.

    And besides, it doesnt even matter. Israel is a small ass country. The end.
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    What's particularly funny about this is that Google satellite map of the world generated at least in part from NASA satellite data, happens to use the Mercator projection (or something like it). Thus it cannot be used for size comparisons.

    http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=37.160317,3.164063&spn=150.320335,329.765625&t=h&om=1

    See how big Greenland is?

    It's just not that easy turning portions of a sphere into a flat rectangular image...

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  12. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a

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    I think Israel would fit inside Los Angeles (metro area), much less California.
     
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    Since the Los Angeles metro area officially includes the vast, desolate eastern reaches of San Bernardino and Riverside counties all the way out to the Nevada border, you could fit four Israels in the LA metro area.

    Israel is just slightly larger than Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange counties put together.
     
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    This should be pretty accurate, it is taken from google earth and the magnification has not been altered, I just spun the globe around. Israel will tuck nicely into the corner of Nevada.

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    Using the same technique Greenland appears to be the correct size compared to Africa.
     

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    ^^^ Boom. Thanks for doing that. i did it visually with my map on the wall that i mentioned earlier (not a mercator projection)
     
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    And for those living in Australia...

    ..no one would probably notice if Israel was tucked away in a corner of NSW.

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    Not a bad suggestion really. Do you think they'd go for it?;)
     
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    And finally, Israel compared to the size of my backyard

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  20. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Your feeding my california stereotype :D :p
     
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    Those must be some ****-off trees...:)
     
  22. balamw Moderator

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    Hey, it's California everything is big here.

    No wait that's Texas. ;)

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  23. yg17 macrumors G5

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    This should put it into perspective :D
     

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    I was wrong about the total length; that's 240 miles. The developed, most populous area is only about 100 miles, from the Lebanese border on down to Hebron.

    The widest part, across the northern Negev Desert, is some sixty miles.

    San Francisco to LA is 340 miles, if I read my California map's scale correctly.

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