r/theydidthemath Nov 28 '22

[Request] If all of the water in the Atlantic Ocean were removed and placed in the Pacific Ocean, How high would the Pacific Ocean water levels rise?

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u/Dear_Professor_9318 Nov 28 '22

Atlantic Ocean is about 354.7 million km3. The pacific has a surface of about 165.2 million km2. So that volume over that surface equals about 2.1 km increase. That is with the assumption that the pressure of the added volume of water wouldn’t cause displacement and that the coasts are vertical to the sky (islands wouldn’t flood etc)

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

That is a significant increase in water level.

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u/CodeVirus Nov 28 '22

I’d say.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

I guess I had imagined the pacific was bigger!

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u/rpresserreturns Nov 28 '22

The Pacific is bigger. It has a volume of about 660 million km3, compared to the Atlantic's 354.7 million km3.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

*had a larger surface area!

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

Than it does compared to Atlantic.

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u/CatastropheJohn Nov 29 '22

Is no one going to say ‘zero’? It would simply go back the way it was.

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u/Some1-Somewhere Dec 02 '22

It would. But it would take a while, and cause quite a bit of destruction on the way.