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Cubic Miles? Who does scientific measurements in Miles? Some people apparently.

Also, who knows what a cubic mile of water is?

~10M cubic miles of water is ~10 Mediterranean seas.

That's a lot.

But the earth is enormous, so, is it really that surprising?


Any normal measurement unit here is going to be hard to grasp on it's own without translating it into an equivalency; XXXXXX olympic swimming pools or XX Y ocean.

My unit of choice here is teaspoons.

I prefer banana equivalent mass.

Framing the amount of water in the Earth's seas in terms of one of the seas feels a bit circular :D.

the article is talking about water within the crust, which is different from water in the seas

i.e. there's 10 mediterranean sea's worth of water underground that we can't sea from space


Some of us are measuring the space in seas.

The title was in suspended animation so I added the answer from the article. The article is trying to make its primary audience, the Americans, easier by converting it to miles.

I would imagine most Americans on this website are capable of comprehending liters.

I'm an American, and I like to think that I can comprehend liters, but I think for enormous volumes like this it's easier to visualize distances cubed.

Like for a million cubic miles, I know that's a cube with 1,000 mile sides. That's like New York to Miami (don't ask me about cities in Europe...okay I'll go out on a limb: Paris to Rome?). I can visualize that cube of water on a globe.

But how many liters or gallons is that? A lot! But billions? Trillions? I probably would instinctively say billions, but with a tiny bit of mental arithmetic I'm suspecting it's up in the trillions.

edit: I came back to confess that indeed I am an ignorant American who has no intuitive sense of exaliters. My SI volume comfort zone doesn't extend much past teraliters.


Are you suggesting that most americans have a good grasp of how much water a cubic mile is?

Surely the standard unit for this sort of thing is multiples of well known large lakes or seas?


I refuse to acknowledge anything but multiples of Libraries of Congress.

I think I'm going to need a conversion to bald eagle volumes, or square hamburger-feet.

This is liquid: Cans of Coke or Coors are standard units (CCC)

In this case, 1.48 * 10^20 CCC


A cubic mile isn't a widely-used measurement of volume. Everyone knows what a 2-liter of soda looks like.

But everyone knows how long a mile is, and can imagine a cube one mile long one mile wide and one mile high. Though we can't truly grasp the scale, we can at least understand the magnitude of a value of ~ten million.

But quoting a value of 4.4 x 10^19 liters is meaningless for most people.

"Of course, that's 22,000,000,000,000,000,000 two-liter soda bottles!"

So cubic miles seems like a reasonable unit for this pop-science article, despite the fact that you likely wouldn't use it in a published journal article.


> But everyone knows how long a mile is

Yeah. Long. I doubt most people can eyeball something in the distance and say with accuracy "yeah that is about a mile away" because a mile is really long and people are bad at estimating things. Now do it for 10 miles.

A relatable example like someone has mentioned "its about 10 dead seas worth" would have been a better play.


I’d guess a lot of Americans can look at a globe and eyeball 100 miles or 1,000 miles. At least American adults with a lot of driving experience. When you get into the millions of cubic miles of water, I think the best way to visualize it is a cube sitting next to the globe.

Just picture how long a mile is, and then imagine a cube where each side is that long.

In that case it should have used soda cans as the unit.

1 cubic mile is about 14 billion bathtubs.

finally a sensible metric!

well that's around 2 baths for the entire world

Love my Dr Pepper but thinking how ubiquitous Pepsi Max is, I don't think that market share is remotely the same in other markets

> This decision was due to Altman prioritizing his personal ventures over his responsibilities at YC.

Which is essentially what Paul Graham's tweet sayed: Choose YC or other ventures (OpenAI)


The why he left YC is the same but the how is in question.

>You're fired.

>No, I quit.


Totally agree. Then at the same time, we have put Airtags in their school bags...

(with their consent)


And with a lot of people in one place connecting to the same cell tower that cannot reliably handle that many.


These flying cars are essentially just snazzy helicopters for wealthy people and enthusiasts. They can 'never' scale to be a mass-market, rush-hour queuing solution and holiday mass-exodus.

Well 'never' is a long time, but at least quite a long way away before the AI, technology and materials can support a lot of traffic, mid-air fender benders, breakdowns etc.


Pre and post Elon is a big difference for Twitter. Before I would post a tweet with links to my blog and would see an increase in both metrics and responses to it. Post Elon I don't think anyone even sees the tweet as I am not a paying twitter subscriber, and most people that would respond etc have left. And about 2 people see my Mastadon post.


Mine is in the younger category, Snapchat is their main communication tool, even for calls. She reaches her screentime limit on it very quickly.


With the addition of TikTok, Instagram, Shorts as the top row? And Email at the bottom?


I would suspect in earlier times they were not aware of why they got sick or had a fever. I think people are just not aware of how frequently ill the population was in general several hundred years ago, especially in cities, though not tick related.


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