scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,504
Fact is more ominous than fiction It has long been believedthat the largest entity brought upon the Earth by humankindis the Pyramid of the Sun constructed in Mexico around thestart of the Christian era The mammoth structure commandsnearly thirty million cubic feet of space In contrasthowever is the Durham Road Landfill outside San Franciscowhich occupies over seventy million cubic feet of thebiosphere It is a sad monument indeed to the excesses ofmodern society One might assume such a monstrous mound ofgarbage is the largest thing ever produced by human handsUnhappily this is not the case The Fresh Kills Landfilllocated on Staten Island is the largest landfill in theworld It sports an elevation of 155 feet an estimated massof 100 million tons and a volume of 29 billion cubic feetIn total acreage it is equal to 16000 baseball diamonds By the year 2005 when the landfill is projected to closeits elevation will reach 505 feet above sea level makingit the highest point along the Eastern Seaboard Florida toMaine At that height the mound will constitute a hazard toair traffic at Newark airport Fresh Kills was originally atidal marsh In 1948 New York City planner Robert Mosesdeveloped a highly praised project to deposit municipalgarbage in the swamp until the level of the land was abovesea level A study of the area predicted the marsh would befilled by the year 1968 He then planned to develop thearea building houses and attracting light industry MayorImpelliteri issued a report titled The Fresh Kills LandfillProject in 1951 The report stated in part that theenterprise cannot fail to affect constructively a wide areaaround it The report ended by stating It is at oncepractical and idealistic One must appreciate the irony inthe fact that Robert Moses was in his day considered aleading conservationist His major accomplishments includeasphalt parking lots throughout the New York metro areapaved roads in and out of city parks and development ofJones Beach now the most polluted
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA