Sometimes I wonder about interesting things, such as how much energy would it take to boil all the water of Lake Washington:
- The volume of Lake Washington is 2.89 km31
- The average lake temperature is 9.71°C2
- It takes 4.19 Joules to raise the temperature of 1g of water by 1°C: 3
- The density of water is
Putting all that together, we get:
For comparison, the energy that hits Earth from the Sun in one second: 4
Basically, if we could focus all the energy from the sun that hits the earth, it would take… …to vaporize Lake Washington5.
This is a vast oversimplification of the forces and energies involved, but I think it’s still a pretty good estimate.
Average of all temperature data for 2011 for the Lake Washington buoy: http://green.kingcounty.gov/lake-buoy/Data.aspx ↩
ROM estimate ↩
this is why I’m not a chemist ↩
still a ROM estimate ↩