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FORE! No, More Golf Balls Are Lost Than That...

Fact 1: Using sonar and a submersible device, scientists explored the depths of the Loch Ness in Scotland. Their find: more than 100,000 golf balls.

Question 1A: If 100,000 golf balls are arranged in a straight line, what is its length?

Question 1B: If 100,000 golf balls are arranged into a rectangle (as squarelike as possible), what is its area?

Fact 2: In the United States, it is estimated that 300 million golf balls are lost each year.

Question 2A: If 300 million golf balls are arranged in a straight line, what is its length?

Question 2B: If 300 million golf balls are arranged into a rectangle (as square-like as possible), what is its area?

Fact 3: The average golfer loses a golf ball approximately every four holes.

Question 3: Given that 300 million golf balls are lost yearly and assume the average golfer plays 9-rounds of golf, how many golfers play yearly?

A Concern: The ecological impact of these lost golf balls (in waterways, etc.), as it is estimated to take 50 to 500 years for a golf ball to begin to break down!

Source: B. Pennington's "Burden and Boon of Lost Golf Balls," New York Times, May 3, 2010