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  •  300 football fields, 1/8" deep (2+ / 0-)
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    khowell, petulans

    I think that's what we came up with last week, for 30,000 barrels/day. 3.8 acres, 1 ft deep. Etc.

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    by Pay It Forward on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:24:06 PM PDT

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    •  football field equivalent (2+ / 0-)
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      khowell, Overseas

      1/8" deep doesn't cut it.    Either measure how deep it will cover if confined to the area of one football field
      to understand volume:
      10000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 13.992731 inches
      15000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 20.989097 inches
      20000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 27.985462 inches
      25000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 34.981828 inches
      30000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 41.978193 inches
      35000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 48.974559 inches
      40000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 55.970924 inches
      45000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 62.96729 inches
      50000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 69.963655 inches
      55000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 76.960021 inches
      60000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 83.956386 inches

      10000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 1.1660609 feet
      15000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 1.7490914 feet
      20000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 2.3321218 feet
      25000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 2.9151523 feet
      30000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 3.4981828 feet
      35000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 4.0812132 feet
      40000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 4.6642437 feet
      45000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 5.2472741 feet
      50000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 5.8303046 feet
      55000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 6.4133351 feet
      60000barrels/100yards/53.5yards = 6.9963655 feet

      ... or use a real thickness, which ranges from 38 to 2000nm (25 to 1332 gal/mile^2):
      45000barrels/(25gal/mile^2) = 75600 miles^2
      45000barrels/(1332gal/mile^2) = 1418.9189 miles^2

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