BlitzGirl wrote:Well, they walk pretty darn slow, so that's one sluggish river.
I'm a bit disappointed¹ that nobody has calculated the estimated discharge of the river yet, based on an estimate of the width of the river and Megan's assumptions.
¹: translation: I'm too lazy to, so somebody please do it for me.
Okay, okay, I'll do it myself. Slackers...
Apologies for the lack of What-If-style doodles.
Based on frame 1025,
and assuming Cueball is of average height (1.75m), the river is about 28m wide.
If we follow Megan's assumptions in frame 1049,
and assume the average depth of the river is also 28m (which seems way too deep) and the water flows with a speed of 1 m/s, a pretty typical walking speed, the total
outflow¹ is about 28×28×1 = 784 m³/s. That's not too bad, that's 0.36% of the Amazon
's outflow. (The river. It's 871 times that of the .com.)
Now how fast does that fill the sea? Well, that depends on the sea. Assuming it's a ‘proper’ sea, and is connected to the oceans, it'll have to raise the level of the total of ocean surface: 360,000,000 km². It wil do so at 784 / (1,000²×360,000,000) ≈ 0.000,000,000,002 m/s; or 2 pm/s.
That's about 6 mm/century, not quite enough to explain the sea rise we've been watching over the past kilonewpix.
But perhaps it's not
a real sea. The Dead Sea
(which isn't one, neither alive nor dead) has been suggested a few times, and that might be a good candidate. Its total area is about 810 km², so it would rise at 784 / (1,000²×810) ≈ 0.000,001 m/s; or 1 nm/s. This is about 1.3 m/year. Certainly noticeable in the long term, but not enough to explain the OTC's sea rise – not even if we assume that Outside time == Inside time. (In the time the OTC has started, the sea level would have risen by 10cm, and it's obviously much more.)
Of course, we haven't even considered evaporation, which I'm sure is much, much higher than that, especially at the Dead Sea.
¹: you people are so immature.
²: no, not a footnote; squared.
³: again, not a footnote, didn't you pay attention during Math class; cubed.