a unit of area measurement equal to a square measuring one mile on each side; equivalent to 2.59 square kilometers. Abbreviations: mi2, sq. mi.
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How to use square mile in a sentence
The Rybinskoe Reservoir destroyed thousands of square miles of arable land for a relatively small amount of electricity—after upgrades, the hydropower station now produces 376 megawatts, less than a fifth of what America’s Hoover Dam puts out.The Soviets turned the Volga River into a machine. Then the machine broke. | Olga Dobrovidova | December 15, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
This year, ProPublica analyzed EPA data to find the estimated excess lifetime cancer risk for every quarter of a square mile in the country.
The leading theory on what triggered it involves the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which stretched millions of square miles across North America.The Atlantic’s vital currents could collapse. Scientists are racing to understand the dangers. | James Temple | December 14, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Recent research in Nature showed the plan reduced deforestation by thousands of square miles.World leaders promise to end deforestation. Is that even possible? | Philip Kiefer | November 8, 2021 | Popular-Science
There are 565 municipalities in the state, and some that contract with police unions are as small as 1 square mile.How We Found Pricey Provisions in New Jersey Police Contracts | by Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica, and Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
Detroit might have the makings of a nice 50 square mile city within its population.
All of the Friday fires, which began after midnight, occurred within a two square mile radius.Inside Los Angeles Arson Suspect Harry Burkhart’s Arrest | Christine Pelisek | January 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In addition to private luxury, the 1.2 square-mile-island is known for its eco-friendly operations.
Crenshaw averages 10 people per square mile, and nearly a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line.
Nowhere can be found a region capable of supporting a larger population to the square mile than Lombardy.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Density of population refers to the average number of people per square mile in a state.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Only a comparatively small portion has been excavated, but the city enclosed by the wall covered nearly one square mile.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Culpeper and Loudoun Counties have the greatest number of milk cows per square mile.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
They number 132, and possess 150 sections, which gives an average of more than a square mile to each soul.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft