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It's about 0.0000009 times as long as The Rhine.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.0000009040 times the length of The Rhine, and the length of The Rhine is 1,110,000 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Rhein, a.k.a. Rijn, a.k.a. Rhin, a.k.a. Rain, a.k.a. Reno, a.k.a. Rhenus, a.k.a. Ryn) (from near Reichenau, Switzerland through Hoek van Holland, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Rhine river runs 52,000,000 inches in total length. The World War II Battle of Arnhem, as memorialized in the 1974 book and 1977 movie A Bridge Too Far, was the first of several attempts to capture key bridges across the Rhine, beginning with the Arnhem Bridge in the Netherlands.
It's about 0.0000005 times as long as The Colorado River.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.0000005120 times the length of The Colorado River, and the length of The Colorado River is 1,950,000 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Aha Kwahwat, a.k.a. Grand River, a.k.a. Tizon River, a.k.a. Tecon River, a.k.a. Tison River) (from Grand Lake, Colorado through the Gulf of California)
The Colorado River runs 91,700,000 inches in length. Along this length, the river descends from its source, approximately 108,000 inches above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, to its mouth in the Gulf of California.
It's about 0.0000004 times as long as The Danube.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.0000004190 times the length of The Danube, and the length of The Danube is 2,390,000 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Donau, a.k.a. Dunaj, a.k.a. Dunav, a.k.a. Duna, a.k.a. Дунав (Dunav), a.k.a. Dunărea, a.k.a. Дунáй (Dunay), a.k.a. Tuna) (from Breg Martinskapelle, Black Forest, Germany through the Danube Delta, Romania)
The Danube river runs 112,000,000 inches in total length. Intersecting Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; and Belgrade, Serbia, the Danube touches more capital cities than any other river.
It's about 0.0000004 times as long as The Oregon Trail.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.0000003420 times the length of The Oregon Trail, and the length of The Oregon Trail is 2,920,000 times that amount.
(from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon)
The historic Oregon Trail stretched 137,000,000 inches across five (sometimes six) states in the western United States. In the early years of the Trail's existence, the trip was estimated to have taken an average of 160 days.
It's about 0.0000004 times as long as The Volga.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.0000003380 times the length of The Volga, and the length of The Volga is 2,960,000 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Волга, a.k.a. İdel (Идел), a.k.a. Атăл (Atăl), a.k.a. Edil, a.k.a. İdil, a.k.a. Рав (Rav)) (from the Valdai Hills, Tver Oblast, Russia through the Caspian Sea)
The largest river in Europe, the Volga river runs 139,000,000 inches in total length. World War II's Battle of Stalingrad between the Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, which resulted in nearly two million casualties, was fought in part for control of the river.
It's about 0.0000003 times as long as The Mississippi River.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.0000003170 times the length of The Mississippi River, and the length of The Mississippi River is 3,155,000 times that amount.
(from Lake Itasca, Minnesota through Pilottown, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana)
The total length of the Mississippi River is 148,300,000 inches. Prior to the development of soil erosion programs, the Mississippi River would carry approximately 400 million metric tons of sediment from its banks to the Gulf of Mexico every year.
It's about 0.0000003 times as long as The Distance from L.A. to New York.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.0000002660 times the length of The Distance from L.A. to New York, and the length of The Distance from L.A. to New York is 3,760,000 times that amount.
(Los Angeles, California to New York City, New York) (via I-10 E, I-15 N, I-70 E, I-76 E, I-80 E, I-280 E)
The total length of the freeway route from Los Angeles, California to New York City, New York via Interstate 80 is 177,000,000 inches long. This route intersects eleven states and several major cities, including Las Vegas, Nevada; Denver, Colorado; Lincoln, Nebraska; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; South Bend, Indiana; and Cleveland, Ohio.