Problem: Ocean currents are measured in Sverdrups (sv) where 1 sv=109 m3/s. The Gulf Stream off the tip of Florida, for instance, has a flow of 35 sv.How much time is required for 1 petaliter (PL, 1PL=1015L) of seawater to flow past a given point?

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  • Setup a dimensional analysis where we start on the given volume (in PL) which will be converted to proper units to get time in seconds
  • Volume is related to L where:

1 L = 1 dm3

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Ocean currents are measured in Sverdrups (sv) where 1 sv=109 m3/s. The Gulf Stream off the tip of Florida, for instance, has a flow of 35 sv.

How much time is required for 1 petaliter (PL, 1PL=1015L) of seawater to flow past a given point?

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