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21-05-2015, 08:41 AM (This post was last modified: 22-05-2015 07:21 AM by kingschosen.)
I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
Drops of water on Earth or grains of sand.

Water wins. By a lot.

Drops of water = 2.7 octillion 27 septillion (I messed this all up)
Grains of sand = 5 sextillion

My math:
1 drop of water = .05 mL

All water = 332.5 million cubic miles (332,500,000)
1 cubic mile = 1.1 trillion gallons of water (1,100,000,000,000)
All water = 365,750,000,000,000,000,000 gallons

3785.5 mL in a gallon
7571 75,710 drops in a gallon

All water = 2,769,093,300,000,000,000,000,000 27,690,932,000,000,000,000,000,000 drops

Someone already figured out the sand thing here

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21-05-2015, 08:44 AM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
Doesn't a lot of our oxygen come from the ocean?


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21-05-2015, 08:58 AM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
(21-05-2015 08:44 AM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  Doesn't a lot of our oxygen come from the ocean?

Plankton, or so I've heard. Wink

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21-05-2015, 09:37 AM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
On another note, half the nitrogen in your body was produced industrially.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and...lizer.html

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21-05-2015, 09:47 AM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
(21-05-2015 08:58 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
(21-05-2015 08:44 AM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  Doesn't a lot of our oxygen come from the ocean?

Plankton, or so I've heard. Wink

I almost didn't look because of "Plankton" and I hated all things Spongebob.

But I did and learned that phytoplankton is kinda important.

Who knew? Obviously you did. Big Grin Heart


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21-05-2015, 11:51 AM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
Seems there is more water than stars though

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21-05-2015, 12:32 PM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
(21-05-2015 11:51 AM)ClydeLee Wrote:  Seems there is more water than stars though

I highly doubt that.

I think number of stars in the known universe is something mind boggling.

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21-05-2015, 12:35 PM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
(21-05-2015 12:32 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(21-05-2015 11:51 AM)ClydeLee Wrote:  Seems there is more water than stars though

I highly doubt that.

I think number of stars in the known universe is something mind boggling.

Yep.

Estimated number of stars in the known universe blows the drops of water out of the... water.

100 octillion

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21-05-2015, 12:38 PM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
Well I had read something a day ago saying the estimate of stars was potentially around 10 sextillion to 200 sextillion to anywhere higher but didn't mention any amount of a octillion number.

http://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/...d-on-earth

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21-05-2015, 01:14 PM
RE: I was bored. I wanted to know which was larger.
How do you quantify a "drop" of water???

If you take a drop of water and divide it in half - you have two drops - not two half drops.

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Also - temperature will make a difference too - warmer water is less dense, and what about at the poles -- where (at least some of it) is frozen --

That screws up the calculations......

And -- what about when it's raining?? Are you counting those drops still falling??? Cuz I don't care how fast you are, you can't get it all counted at once.


Just trying to get the facts....

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