Monday, October 1, 2012

unit conversion 2

So, what happened to me? first, I was incredibly busy, then it was my sweetie's birthday and we ended up with an overabundance of awesome books to read, and then I fell out of the habit of posting.

Anyway, a while back, I was rooting through some old literature and came across this response to a paper published in Ground Water (Correlations of permeability and grain size, R. G. Shepherd, Volume 27, No. 5, October 1989):
I'll admit that I have never used the meinzer unit in any of my calculations. I've also avoided some of our other oddball units (acre-feet?). So there is hope that some of the more obscure units used in American hydrogeology will die out. Maybe in another 50 years we'll have converted to the metric system and not have to worry about all the contortions required to figure out how many gallons of water I need to pump out of a 5-inch borehole.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I work in fisheries biology. We use acre-feet all the time. :(