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Orders of magnitude (volume)

Orders of magnitude (volume or capacity)
Powers of 10³ equal to... examples orders of magnitude
10-45 cubic metres -- volume of a proton
10-9 cubic metres -- -- 10-9, 10-8, 10-7
10-6 cubic metres 1 millilitre
(1 cubic centimetre)
1 teaspoon = 3.55 ml to 5 ml

1 tablespoon = 14.2 ml to 20 ml

1 cm³, 10 cm³, 100 cm³
10-3 cubic metres 1 litre
(1 cubic decimetre)
1 US quart of milk = 0.95 liters;
1 United Kingdom quart of milk = 1.14 litres
1 dm³, 10 dm³, 100 dm³
1 cubic metre 1000 litres -- 1 m³, 10 m³, 100 m³
103 cubic metres 1000 cubic metres
(1 million litres)
-- 1 dam³, 10 dam³, 100 dam³
106 cubic metres 1 million cubic metres -- 1 hm³, 10 hm³, 100 hm³
109 cubic metres 1 cubic kilometre Volume of Lake Mead (Hoover Dam) = 35.2 km3

Volume of crude oil on Earth = ~300 km3

1 km³, 10 km³, 100 km³
1012 cubic metres 1000 cubic kilometres Volume of Lake Superior = 12,232 km3 1012, 1013, 1014
1015 cubic metres -- -- 1015, 1016, 1017
1018 cubic metres -- Volume of water in all Earth oceans = 1.3×1018 m3 1018, 1019 m³ , 1020
1021 cubic metres -- Volume of Earth = ~1×1021 m3 1021, 1022 m³ , 1023
1024 cubic metres -- Volume of Jupiter = ~1×1025 m3 1024, 1025 m³ , 1026
1027 cubic metres -- Volume of Sun = ~1×1027 m3 1027, 1028 m³ , 1029
1030 cubic metres -- Volume of a red giant the same mass as the Sun = ~5×1032 m3 1030, 1031 m³ , 1032
1047 cubic metres -- 1 cubic light year = ~8.47×1047 m3 1047 m³ , 1048 m³ , 1049
1081 m3 -- Approximate volume of the known universe 1.6 × 1081 m3

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The pages linked in the right-hand column contain lists of volumes that are of the same order of magnitude (power of ten). Rows in the table represent increasing powers of a thousand. (Note: dam³ and hm³ stand for cubic decametre and cubic hectometre respectively. The terms in the left-hand column are common terminology.)

Last updated: 05-13-2005 07:56:04