Oil Tankers Feature Summary
- Physics in Your World
Oil Tanker Size
- This image (hi-res version) shows the "Knock Nevis," (also known as the "Jahre Viking"--scroll down for photos). Formerly the world's largest supertanker, it is now refitted for storage and offloading. Tankers are built so large mostly because as they get bigger, their volume increases faster than their surface area. To learn more, visit Oil tankers.
Interestingly, the same geometry limits the maximum size of cells--for more, see Cells: Surface-Volume and, for more on the math, visit the Size of Organisms: the Surface Area-Volume Ratio.
- photo credit: Auke Visser's International Super Tankers
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- August 16, 2007 - September 1, 2007