A cubic foot of ice weighs 57.2 pounds, more than 5 pounds less than a cubic foot of water. Unlike most other substances, ice expands as it freezes.Continue Reading
Because ice is less dense than water, it floats on the surface of water as it forms. If it became denser, like most other substances, it would sink to the bottom of ponds and lakes. During the cold months, these bodies of water would become solid blocks of ice, so thick that even the warmest of days would transform the surface to slush.
The weight of ice and snow on a roof has the potential to cause winter disasters. While snow, which is a crystalline form of ice, is lighter in weight than solid ice, each cubic foot of snow adds 17 pounds per square inch to the roof. Homes in areas prone to heavy snowfall require special engineering to support the load.Learn more about Measurements
One cubic foot of newly fallen snow in calm conditions weighs 3.12 to 4.37 pounds, while 1 cubic foot of damp new snow weighs 6.24 to 12.49 pounds. The density of snow varies with its dampness and other conditions.Full Answer >
Common glass, which has a density range of 4.67 to 5.43 slugs per foot cubed, has a unit weight range of 150.25 to 174.7 pounds per foot cubed. Unit weight, more commonly known as specific weight, measures the weight of material per unit of volume.Full Answer >
A steel plate with a thickness of three-sixteenths of an inch weighs 7.65 pounds per square foot. Steel plate sheets with this thickness typically measure 10 feet wide by 40 feet long and weigh 3,060 pounds, or 1.53 short tons.Full Answer >
A cubic foot of gold weighs approximately 1,206 pounds. A cubic inch of gold weighs approximately 0.7 pounds. Gold is a dense, heavy metal, and if a 1-gallon milk container was filled with gold, it would weigh about 161 pounds.Full Answer >