We all know that the ocean is huge, but just how big is it? And how much water does it contain?
These are questions that have puzzled scientists for centuries, and while we now have a pretty good idea of the size of the ocean, its true depth and volume are still largely unknown.
So, how many bathtubs can the ocean fill?
The simple answer is: more than you could ever imagine.
The ocean is, quite literally, bottomless. We’ve only been able to map a tiny fraction of its depth, and even the most advanced sonar equipment can only penetrate a few miles below the surface.
The vast majority of the ocean is simply too deep for us to explore, and so we can only guess at its true size and volume.
But even if we can’t measure the ocean’s true depth, we can still calculate how much water it contains.
Using data from the World Ocean Atlas, we know that the average depth of the ocean is around 12,000 feet (3.7 kilometers). This means that the ocean contains around 1.3 billion cubic kilometers of water.
To put that into perspective, that’s enough water to fill over 1.3 billion bathtubs.
And if we assume that each bathtub can hold around 80 gallons of water (around 300 liters), then the ocean contains enough water to fill over 102 trillion bathtubs.
In other words, if you took all the bathtubs in the world and filled them with water from the ocean, you would only be using a tiny fraction of the ocean’s total volume.
So, the next time someone asks you how many bathtubs the ocean can fill, you can tell them: more than you could ever imagine.