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Fall Fall

Some things to think about while doing your fall raking of leaves...

  • The average maple tree sheds 600,000 leaves each fall
  • Ten 32-gallon trash bags are needed to contain the 600,000 leaves
Question 1: Throughout the entire United States, how many maple leaves fall each year?

Question 2: How big (in volume) is this pile of leaves from all of the maple trees in the United States? That is, how many 32-gallon trash bags would be needed? Would the volume of leaves be enough to fill the Safeco baseball field in Seattle?

Note: Any idea how many maple trees are in the United States? As a start, New York State has far more than 300 million....

Source: Adapted from Scholastic DynaMath, September 1992