Carey told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Monday the eruption has produced about a cubic kilometer
By comparison, Los Angeles uses one cubic kilometer
The team expects to complete an observatory measuring about 1 cubic kilometer
by 2009-2010 that is about 20,000 times the capacity of the gigantic underground neutrino detector named Super Kamiokande in Hida, Gifu Prefecture.
Helens shot about 1 cubic kilometer
of ash into the air, but Mount Mazama's eruptions fired 100 cubic kilometers
of material so high into the atmosphere it probably altered the region's weather.
The innovative "underground" telescope project is called IceCube and uses a cubic kilometer
of pure, ultra-translucent ice at the South Pole as a telescopic "window" or particle detector to search the universe for its smallest known particles, called neutrinos (See movies and animations on IceCube and how it works).
In the mid-1800s, gold mining released more than a cubic kilometer
of mercury-laden sediments into Northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills.
That is about how much water the United States consumes in three months (a cubic kilometer
is one trillion liters; approximately 264 billion gallons of water).
To put this into perspective, a cubic kilometer
is one trillion liters (approximately 264 billion gallons of water), about a quarter more than Los Angeles uses in one year.
It has been described as a telescope made from a cubic kilometer
of ice below the surface of the South Pole.
Fahd Al-Rasheed, group CEO and managing director of KAEC, said: "The land currently under development covers 45 cubic kilometers
, including the industrial valley, King Abdullah Port and Hijaz line, in addition to the residential sites and neighborhoods.
At 46,000 cubic kilometers
, the reservoir holds more than four times the volume of the smaller chamber.
That means the volume of Mars' early ocean must have been at least 20 million cubic kilometers
(5 million cubic miles).