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lloydbird's avatar

How much is the whole of the Earth worth?

Asked by lloydbird (8730points) June 29th, 2009

All that is on it, in it and around it. Dollars or Pounds please.

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frigate1985's avatar

infinite dollars until we find a better planet and everyone movesto it including the animals and plants

whatthefluther's avatar

It is worth everything (can’t put a $ on it) and we only get one chance. We screw it up, we have no alternatives at this time.

frigate1985's avatar

Because people like mobsters(yeah I heard they are rich) could team up and buy earth, making them capable of kicking everyone out for trespassing :D

Grisaille's avatar

I read the question as “How much is the whole of the Earth worm?”

Needless to say, I was wondering what the fuck was happening.

To answer the question, all objects on the Earth are given value by humans, and a human is naturally subjective. It also depends on what country you live in, as a certain object’s worth is based on how common/rare it is.

Besides, the fact that money can be printed (let’s not get into inflation, please) just further diminishes the value of certain objects (yet raises the cost, ironically). You see, the value of a single dollar doesn’t really mean much and is always dynamic.

And this question hurts my head. I’m done :[

dalepetrie's avatar


dannyc's avatar

Perhaps a geologist could help with the pounds, or in our part of the world kilograms.

augustlan's avatar

Earth? Priceless. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.

Lupin's avatar

OK I’ll give it a try. Some thing are very expensive and cost $10,000/kg. Some things are cheap, like dirt, and cost $20/1000kg delivered or $0.02 per kg. In my neighborhood there is a lot more dirt around than expensive stuff, so I will arbitrarily assume a weighted average of $0.10/kg. The mass of the earth is 5.9736 × 10^24 kg. So the total value is 0.10 x 5.9736 × 10^24 kg = $5.9736 × 10^23
My inner geek got the best of me.

btko's avatar

Well if a Bacon Chedder and Curly Fries goes for $4.99… I’m going to guess… $48

marcosthecuban's avatar

gave you a ‘great question’ vote

AstroChuck's avatar

Worth? Value is a human invention. The Earth has no worth outside of Earth but it’s beyond value to all of us. That’s like asking what life is worth.

wundayatta's avatar

$5.38. Except on Tuesdays, when it is $985,476,878,243,987.48.

Why? Are you in the market?

AstroChuck's avatar

@daloon- What, have you been playing Fizzbin?

dalepetrie's avatar

Some Aliens from Arcturus 5 offered us $23 worth of beads and some blankets for it.

wundayatta's avatar

@AstroChuck I see that Captain Kirk thinks that Fizzbin is a “man’s” game. I have two words to say to that: pfft!

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

I’m guessing that when you say the Earth, you mean the planet and all it holds. That includes the human race. What price can we put on ourselves as well as every earthly thing we know? I don’t think it’s actually measurable in a monetary sense.

Darwin's avatar

Ah, but for what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

mattbrowne's avatar

In addition to physical assets there’s also the value of good ideas. Companies quoted on the stock exchange might reflect this in their market capitalization but what about all the rest? Small companies, universities, NGOs, students inventing in their garages, parents raising their kids in a stimulating environment? It’s impossible to come up with a precise number, but value is more than the world GDP and stock prices in my opinion.

Clair's avatar

Who the fuck is going to sell it and who is going to buy it?

dalepetrie's avatar

@Clair – the Vogons….they’re planning to clear it away for an interstellar freeway.

Clair's avatar

@dalepetrie Ah. How could I have forgotten them.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Clair – The Ferengi of course, if they are able to sell it later at a profit.

AstroChuck's avatar

@mattbrowne- I don’t know about that. They might be put off buying a planet where they clothe their women.

mattbrowne's avatar

@AstroChuck – Last thing I heard Ishka’s liberation movement succeeded and all male Ferengis lost their right to wear clothes… Or maybe that happened in a parallel universe?

AstroChuck's avatar

Damn women. They can’t just let things be.

toaster's avatar

I think the core and mantle are worth about 75 octodecillion bucks in nickel/iron and other precious metals.

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