Rhode Island is often used as a unit of measure as it is compared geographically to the size of icebergs, deserts, wildfires and asteroids, and figuratively to things like body parts, clothing, and jewelry.
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the US with its area measuring 1,045 square miles or 1,545 square miles if you include Narragansett Bay. The rounded-off figures of 1,000 or 1,500 square miles make RI a convenient measuring tool. Its small size also makes it a target for jokes and exaggerations.
This display shows examples of news stories and Web sites that use RI as a measuring tool and includes a handy conversion chart to compare different countries to the size of the Ocean State.
How Big is Rhode Island?
Staggering end to Antarctic ice shelf
Development outpaces conservation in Amazon
Conservationist singled out as 'Hero for the
Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula
Rolling wheat fields are also Wi-Fi country
A Forest the Size of Rhode Island in PNG
Brown Admission: Providence
Chatham Island temperate forests (AA0401)
Yapen rain forests (AA0108)
HUGE ANTARCTIC ICEBERG MAKES A BIG SPLASH ON
About the Size of It
Kodokai Karate & Zen
Rhode Island-sized iceberg moves into
Antarctic ship lanes
World's land turning to desert at alarming
Lord of the Flies, the movie scene locations
Plane, ship photograph huge iceberg
Hawaii Vacation Rentals
U.N. Says Globe Drying Up at Fast Pace
Cooking Light - Hawaii
Earth turning to dust, U.N. says
Denali State Park
The Icewoman Cometh Back to Campus
New Hope for the Bali Starling?
Hazardous Wastes from Large-scale Metal
Extraction: The Clark Fork Waste Complex, MT
B-15A Iceberg (the Size of Rhode Island)
Blocks McMurdo Sound
DePalma, Anthony. “In Catskills, It’s Development vs. the Drinking Supply.” New York Times, (9/17/2005) Metropolitan Desk, B1.
Mamsnerus, Laura. “The Giants, the Jets And Coach Codey.” New York Times, (8/21/2005) New Jersey Weekly Desk, 5.
Broad, William J. “In Guatemala, a Rhode Island-Size Jade Lode.” New York Times, (5/22/2002) Foreign Desk, A1.
Joyce, Terrance. “The Heat Before the Cold.” New York Times, (4/18/2002) Editorial Desk, A27.
Chang, Kenneth. “Early Warnings When the Volcano Starts to Slip.” New York Times, (3/5/2002) Science Desk, F3.
Kinzer, Stephen. “A Faded City Brightens in Nicaragua.” New York Times, (2/17/2002) Travel Desk, 10.
Associated Press. “Imagine Being Rammed by Rhode Island.” New York Times, (8/18/1999) Foreign Desk, A4.
Finkel, Michael. “Wide Open Trails in a Postage-Stamp Land.” New York Times, (12/15/1996) Travel Desk, 8.