What would happen if a ball the size of Texas fell into the ocean? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Answer by Dave Consiglio, Chemistry and Physics High School Teacher and Community College Professor, on Quora:
What would happen if a ball the size of Texas fell into the ocean? There are lots of variables to consider here.
First: Wood. So there’s lots of kinds of wood. Hardwood, softwood, etc. Let’s go with a density of around .7 g/cm^3 (which seems to be about average).
Second: Speed. “Fell” is a bit vague. This fall could be ping-pong speed or asteroid speed.
Let’s run the gamut of possible outcomes, which not surprisingly range from “everyone dies” to “everyone dies.”