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Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby Ernie Coffman » Oct 18, 2012 9:58 am

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=6395687 will take you to an interesting article on TN caves. This state has over 8000 of them in their karstlands, which encompass most of the state. :cavingrocks:
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Re: Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby UnderGroundEarth » Oct 19, 2012 12:24 pm

Gerald stated at the TCS meeting a few weeks ago that Tennessee is nearing 10,000 caves...!
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Re: Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby graveleye » Oct 19, 2012 1:39 pm

last years meeting he said the same thing... getting close to 10m caves.

Y'all need to get crackin"!!
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Re: Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby Ernie Coffman » Oct 19, 2012 3:24 pm

Graveleye, do you mean "10K" rather than "10m?" "M" would stand for million--not! And, it could stand for "meter" but I'm sure all of the caves in TN are long than that, so...appreciate your humor, but maybe it needs an edit. <grin>
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Postby UnderGroundEarth » Oct 19, 2012 3:46 pm

Ernie Coffman wrote:Graveleye, do you mean "10K" rather than "10m?" "M" would stand for million--not! And, it could stand for "meter" but I'm sure all of the caves in TN are long than that, so...appreciate your humor, but maybe it needs an edit. <grin>


m is the roman numeral for 1,000 and mm is used for million. it's actually common, at least in my workplace to use these instead of numbers.
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Re: Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby graveleye » Oct 19, 2012 6:16 pm

Ernie Coffman wrote:Graveleye, do you mean "10K" rather than "10m?" "M" would stand for million--not! And, it could stand for "meter" but I'm sure all of the caves in TN are long than that, so...appreciate your humor, but maybe it needs an edit. <grin>


Kelly is correct. I'm a buyer for an international fastener distributor and we work with 1000's and millions of parts. It is our industry standard to abbreviate and use "m" for thousands, "mm" for millions, "c" for hundreds and so on. Otherwise all those zeros get really messy. It's just a habit for me.
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Re: Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby Ernie Coffman » Oct 19, 2012 6:45 pm

Well hot dog on that Kevin! Haven't used Roman numerals since elementary school, so that's a new one on me. I thought they went by the wayside, except on some buildings. Learn something new everyday...and that's great news! Thanks for this!
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Re: Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby NZcaver » Oct 19, 2012 8:25 pm

Ernie Coffman wrote:Well hot dog on that Kevin! Haven't used Roman numerals since elementary school, so that's a new one on me. I thought they went by the wayside, except on some buildings. Learn something new everyday...and that's great news! Thanks for this!

Well how about that. This is a new one for me too. I've don't recall ever seeing standard numerals mixed with roman numerals to designate quantities before, just standard numerals by themselves or with metric suffix letters, i.e. 10,000 or 10k. :shrug:

The roman numeral for 10,000 would normally be an X with a bar over it, and a million would be |X| with a bar over it. Roman numerals are always capitalized, so there is no "mm" only "MM" which is 2,000. (Clearly I spend too much time editing technical documents.)

If somebody has an industry reference for mixing standard and roman numerals like this, they should probably edit the Wikipedia page. Wow, now we're totally off-topic. :big grin:
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Re: Interesting article on Tennessee caves

Postby Magee » Oct 20, 2012 8:07 am

I grew up in the printing industry. We always use M for 1,000.
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