Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Thousand Barrels of Oil, and Other Fun Facts

If I'm doing the math right, a thousand barrels of oil would weigh something like twenty metric tons on the surface of Titan. Titan's gravity is only fourteen percent of the Earth's. Barrels of oil from different oil fields have different weights, but this is a nice, easy to remember number.

In 2004, the United States consumption of oil was approximately 20.7 million barrels of oil per day.

A supertanker carries about two million barrels of oil.


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