This segment originally aired February 18, 2017.
The electronic data we use isn't as ephemeral as it seems. Our photos, videos, and email take up physical space in the world.
Patty Martin knows this. Some of it ends up outside her kitchen window.
Martin lives in Quincy, a rural Washington town that happens to house vast chunks of the internet in gigantic data centers.
Quincy, a town of about 7,000 people in a bowl of gentle hills, was known for food processing plants that turned potatoes into French fries.