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# Is there more grains of sand or drops of water on the earth?

Updated: 9/15/2023

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12y ago

More drops of water due to the fact that the ocean is hundreds of miles deep. Sand is only on the surface. Water also makes up 3/4 of the world

... At its deepest point, the ocean is only 7 miles deep. The average depth is about 2-1/2 miles. But still:

According to the USGS, there are just shy of 1.4 billion cubic kilometers of water on Earth from all sources. Each cubic km contains 10^15 milliliters. A "drop" is a rather imprecise measure, but let's use 16 drops per ml. So, all told, we're looking at approximately 2 * 10^25 drops of water. By some estimates, there are about 10^22 grains of sand on Earth. So there are a lot more drops of water than grains of sand.

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