Saturday, June 10, 2006

Square Miles

While reading this interesting old article about Ruby Ridge by Alan W. Bock, I encountered this perplexing sentence:
It’s about 10 miles square, but because mountains rise on either side of the valley through which State Highway 95 runs, only an area about two miles by eight miles is inhabited.
Use of the word "only" implies the area inhabited here is smaller than the area covered by the zip code, but isn't "an area about two miles by eight miles" equal to about sixteen miles square and consequently larger than the 10 miles square of the Naples zip code?

If Bock's contruction actually makes sense, I wish someone would explain it to me.

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