1. ## Weight

I was thinking the other day, if there is a baby born every 7 seconds and the average birthweight is approximately 8 pounds.

Approximately by how much does the Earth increase in weight every 24 hours?

2. ## Re: Weight

Zero, unless you want to count influx of meteors and dust from space.

3. ## Re: Weight

Actually, I think I may have answered too quickly. I figured that the earth is a closed system and any gain in weight during pregnancy would be due to eating food (babies are what you eat) and metabolizing it into what makes up the babies. But after having five sons, 4 now in college and the other joining them next year, I think it fair to say there is some doubt about the terrestrial origin of them. Come to think of it, I think that the origin of many babies may be extra-terrestrial, so it is conceivable (sorry) that the earth may gain up to 36065058 pounds a year from babies.

4. ## Re: Weight

Hi Pi Eater

No you answered right ( <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17>-I was going for the simple route <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) but apparently it is approximately 10 tonnes every 24 hours of meteor and dust <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15>

5. ## Re: Weight

I'd have to say zero, since <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">weight is a measure of the gravitational force exerted by the Earth on the object. The Earth doesn't exert any force on itself in the "weight" context.</span hide>

Alan

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