|How much water is in the Atlantic Ocean?|
|Question Date: 2012-11-07|
The Atlantic Ocean contains 310,410,900 cubic
kilometers of water. This is a hard number to
grasp, but, for reference, Lake Tahoe contains
~150 cubic kilometers of water. Or, another way
of looking at it is that 1 cubic kilometer =
264.17 billion gallons. So, doing a simple
conversion, the Atlantic Ocean contains 82
billion billion gallons. That's a lot of water!
According to Wikipedia, "The volume of the
Atlantic with its adjacent seas is 354,700,000
cubic kilometers (85,100,000 cu mi) and without
them 323,600,000 cubic kilometres (77,640,000 cu
mi)." Converting this to liters, this is
approximately 3 x 1020 L! Wow. That's
a lot of
The Atlantic Ocean contains around
310,410,900 cubic kilometers of water. To put
this into perspective, if humans could live
underwater, every person in the US could occupy
their own cubic kilometer of the Atlantic.
That's a lot of water!
The thing about the oceans is that they're
all connected. However, the Atlantic covers
roughly 20% of the Earth's surface, and has
about 320 million cubic kilometers of water
(roughly 80 million cubic miles). You likely
know how long a mile is, but it might be hard to
imagine 80 million cubic miles. If you took a
box that is a mile high, by a mile wide, by a
mile long (that's a big box!); you would have
enough water to fill 80 million of those boxes.
When numbers get this big, they don't even make
sense. Moral of the story: there's a lot of
water in the Atlantic Ocean.
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