Scale (spatial)

Scale (spatial)

Spatial scale provides a "shorthand" form for discussing relative lengths, areas, distances and sizes. A microclimate, for instance, is one which might occur in a mountain valley or near a lakeshore, whereas a megatrend is one which involves the whole planet.

It is important to realize that these divisions are more or less arbitrary, and where, on this table, "mega-" is assigned global scope, it may only apply continentally or even regionally in other contexts. The interpretations of "meso-" and "macro-" must then be adjusted accordingly.

ee also

*astronomical units of length
*cosmic distance ladder
*orders of magnitude (length)

External links

* [http://www.falstad.com/scale/ "A sense of scale" by Paul Falstad] — visual depictions of the relative scale of various distances, ranging from the Planck length to the furthest known object in the Universe.


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