Giant mound of tires visible from space

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The sprawling pile of hundreds of thousands of tires isn't easy to spot from the ground, sitting in a rural South Carolina clearing accessible by only a circuitous dirt path that winds through thick patches of trees. No one knows how all those tires got there, or when.

    But, Calhoun County Council Chairman David Summers says of this giant rubber menace, "You can see it from space."

    Authorities have charged one person in connection with the mess of roughly 250,000 tires, which covers more than 50 acres on satellite images. And now a Florida company is helping haul it all away.

    Litter control officer Boyce Till said he contacted the local sheriff and state health department, which is investigating who had been dumping the tires. But the worst possible penalty that could be imposed locally? A single $475 ticket for littering.

    The Associated Press: Giant mound of tires in SC visible from space
     
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    Instead of a fine, they should be given the task of recycling them for however long it takes.
     
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    They have hired a company to recycle them, but it will take a while.
     
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    Dang, this could be a gold mine for a smart entrepreneur...
     
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    Where does the Calhoun County Council get the money to send their chairman into space?
     
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    Isn't there some use for all these old tires?

    They, are after all, made from petroleum.
     
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    Ohh yes the big tire pile. We put it on interstellar tourist brocures for this planet. Not sure that it attracts many though. Except those from Ceti 3 who like to munch on tires, unfortunately the steel belts in them are fatal to the Cetians.
     
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    Most tires are ground up and burned to produce electric power. They are a valuable resource. tire mounds such as this one were all over the countryside a couple of decades ago.

    One thing I noticed is that there was no picture of the tire mound from space. That claim was obviously a lie.
     
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    LOL. Well, Pattycake, since one can see the Great Wall from space, and the pile covers 50 acres, one could see that from low earth orbit. Then there is the matter of Google Earth. Individual tires are visible in the areas where they have the higher definition.
     
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    If something is 50 acres it can see from space assuming the orbit isn't too out there.
     

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