What Would Happen If All 7 Billion Humans Were Piled Up In The Grand Canyon? Well, You’ll Be Surprised!

There are 7.2 billion people living on planet Earth today, which sounds like a huge number. But just how big of a number is that, when put in perspective? And I’m not talking about putting this 7.2 billion number next to some unfathomably huge cosmic one. No, let’s stay on Earth.

Well, YouTube presenter Michael Stevens did just that and asked a simple question: What would it look like if all of the world’s population was piled up inside one of the Earth’s most famous geological features — the Grand Canyon? Well, the answer is nothing short of humbling. Many though we think we are — in fact, some of us fret that there are already too many people on Earth — when put together, we would make a tiny mass compared to the vast Canyon.

1. Piling it up.

What Would Happen If All 7 Billion Humans Were Piled Up In The Grand Canyon? Well, You'll Be Surprised!

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2. If you took all the world’s population and dumped them into the Grand Canyon they wouldn’t fill a fraction of it. In fact the 7.2 billion people would only form a comparatively tiny pile – as shown in this fascinating mock-up image.

What Would Happen If All 7 Billion Humans Were Piled Up In The Grand Canyon? Well, You'll Be Surprised!

Via: The Daily Mail.

3. The graphic was put together by YouTube channel Vsauce, which juxtaposed the population alongside the famous deep steep sided canyon by the Colorado River — situated in Arizona in the United States.

What Would Happen If All 7 Billion Humans Were Piled Up In The Grand Canyon? Well, You'll Be Surprised!

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4. Apparently, even all of humanity throughout history, across all the ages — estimated to be 106 billion — would only be enough to make fifteen piles across the Grand Canyon and not sufficient to cover its entirety.

What Would Happen If All 7 Billion Humans Were Piled Up In The Grand Canyon? Well, You'll Be Surprised!

Via: The Daily Mail.

5. Nature in all its glory: Tourists take it all in at the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The park receives close to five million visitors a year.

What Would Happen If All 7 Billion Humans Were Piled Up In The Grand Canyon? Well, You'll Be Surprised!

Via: The Daily Mail.

The graphic is based upon the work of data visualization blogger Eesmyal Santos-Brault who said that as the average weight of a human is 154lbs (70kg), seven billion people would weigh around 490million tons.

Share these humbling images with your friends below — it’s better if they, too, knew our true place in the scheme of things.