In a recent paper to the Royal Society of Edinburgh John Murray sought to give the world's rainfall in figures. The areas of country having an inland drainage - equal to 11,486,350 square miles - receive 2,243 cubic miles of rain yearly. The total areas draining directly to the ocean equal to 44,211,000 square miles, of which 38,829,750 square miles have more than ten inches of annual rainfall, and discharge into the sea 6,569 cubic miles of water each year. By this means rather more than 5 000,000,000 tons of solids are carried to the ocean annually.