Matters of Scale - Valuing the Earth

Valuing the Earth
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Average or typical cost, price, or value, in U.S. dollars per square meter, of:

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Privately owned Brazilian virgin timberland
$.005
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New Mexico (U.S.A.) agricultural land
$.05
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Privately owned Costa Rican rainforest
$.20
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Indonesian coral reefs
$1.00
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New Jersey (U.S.A.) agricultural land
$1.98
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Prime Australia vineyard
$9.07
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U.S. interstate highway
$154.00
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Standard Tokyo three-bedroom apartment
$5,066.67
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Manhattan real estate, New York, U.S.A
$10,821.60
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Single-depth lakeside plot, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
$62,857.14
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Sources: Cited values in, or Worldwatch estimates based on data in, the following (in order): Land and Farm, Inc. (www.landandfarm.com); U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (New Mexico and New Jersey land values); Portfolio Costa Rica (www.portfoliocr.com); National Council of Applied Economic Research (New Delhi, India); Kilikanoon Wines/news; United Nations Environment Programme; U.S. Federal Highway Administration; Daily Times (Pakistan); Miller Samuel, Inc.; Hollywood Forever Cemetery.