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  1. I grew up in New Mexico (NM). When I moved to New York City (NYC) in the 60’s the population densities were then such that if Manhattan had the same density as NM then there would have been 160 people living on it.

    In the West, land is free; you are really buying the rights to water. No water, no value.

    I remember the first time I went to New Hampshire (NH) and saw a New England forest. What is a small river in NH has more visible water than much of the Rio Grande (most of the water flows underground).

    I was also overwhelmed by the biomass. Though I don’t know the numbers, the weight of the vegetation per acre in NH must be least 10 — and perhaps 100 — times greater than that in NM.

  2. It’s not just the West. Atlanta’s drying up, too. See http://tinyurl.com/ywnkzj



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