# Metric Kilotons to Metric Gigatons Converter

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## Conversion Table

 metric kilotons to metric gigatons kt Gt 100000 kt 0.1 Gt 200000 kt 0.2 Gt 300000 kt 0.3 Gt 400000 kt 0.4 Gt 500000 kt 0.5 Gt 600000 kt 0.6 Gt 700000 kt 0.7 Gt 800000 kt 0.8 Gt 900000 kt 0.9 Gt 1000000 kt 1 Gt 1100000 kt 1.1 Gt 1200000 kt 1.2 Gt 1300000 kt 1.3 Gt 1400000 kt 1.4 Gt 1500000 kt 1.5 Gt 1600000 kt 1.6 Gt 1700000 kt 1.7 Gt 1800000 kt 1.8 Gt 1900000 kt 1.9 Gt 2000000 kt 2 Gt

## How to convert

1 metric kiloton (kt) = 0.000001 metric gigaton (Gt). Metric Kiloton (kt) is a unit of Weight used in Metric system. Metric Gigaton (Gt) is a unit of Weight used in Metric system.

## An Introduction to Metric Kilotons

Metric kilotons are a unit of mass in the metric system that are equal to one million kilograms. They are also known as teragrams or teratonnes, and are sometimes used for measuring the mass or energy of very large objects or events, such as asteroids, nuclear explosions, or earthquakes. In this article, we will explore the definition, history, conversion and usage of metric kilotons.

## Definition of Metric Kilotons

A metric kiloton is a unit of mass equal to 10^6 (one million) kilograms. The symbol for metric kiloton is kt, and it is derived from the SI prefix “kilo”, meaning “thousand”. A metric kiloton is also equivalent to 1000000000 grams, 2204.622621 pounds or 5000000000 carats.

A metric kiloton is also used as a unit of energy equal to 4.184 terajoules (4.184 x 1012 J). This is based on the amount of energy released by one thousand tons of TNT exploding, which is approximately 4.184 gigajoules (4.184 x 109 J). This unit is also known as the TNT equivalent, and it is used to compare the energy of different explosions or impacts.

## History of Metric Kilotons

Metric kilotons were introduced as a multiplier in the metric system in 1795, along with other prefixes such as kilo, deca, deci and centi. The metric system was developed in France during the French Revolution, as a way to standardize and simplify measurements. The metric system was based on decimal fractions and powers of ten, unlike the previous systems that used arbitrary units and fractions.

The metric system was adopted by many countries in the 19th and 20th centuries, and became the official system of measurement for science and international trade. However, some countries such as the United States still use other systems such as the imperial or customary units.

Metric kilotons were also used as a unit of energy in the 20th century, especially after the development of nuclear weapons. The first nuclear bomb detonated in 1945 had an estimated yield of about 20 kt. Since then, many nuclear tests and explosions have been measured in kilotons or megatons (one million kilotons) of TNT equivalent.

## How to Convert Metric Kilotons

Metric kilotons can be easily converted to other units of mass or energy by multiplying or dividing by appropriate factors. For example, to convert metric kilotons to grams, we multiply by 1000000000; to convert metric kilotons to kilograms, we multiply by 1000000; to convert metric kilotons to joules, we multiply by 4184000000000.

## Where Metric Kilotons are Used

Metric kilotons are sometimes used for measuring the mass or energy of very large objects or events, such as asteroids, nuclear explosions, or earthquakes. Here are some examples:

• In astronomy, metric kilotons are used for estimating the mass or kinetic energy of asteroids or meteoroids that impact the Earth or other planets. For example, the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia in 2013 had an estimated mass of about 10 kt and an estimated kinetic energy of about 500 kt.
• In military science, metric kilotons are used for measuring the yield or explosive power of nuclear weapons or conventional explosives. For example, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever tested was the Tsar Bomba, which had a yield of about 50000 kt.
• In seismology, metric kilotons are used for measuring the seismic energy or magnitude of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. For example, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami in Japan had a seismic energy of about 480000 kt.

## Example Conversions of Metric Kilotons to Other Units

Here are some example conversions of metric kilotons to other units:

• To convert 2 kt to g, we multiply by 1000000000: 2 kt x 1000000000 = 2000000000 g
• To convert 5 kt to kg, we multiply by 1000000: 5 kt x 1000000 = 5000000 kg
• To convert 3 kt to lb, we multiply by 2204.622621: 3 kt x 2204.622621 = 6613.867863 lb
Metric Kilotons also can be marked as Kilotonnes (alternative British English spelling in UK).

## An Introduction to Metric Gigatons

Metric gigatons are a unit of mass in the metric system that are equal to one billion kilograms. They are also known as petagrams or petatonnes, and are sometimes used for measuring the mass or energy of very large objects or events, such as the Earth’s atmosphere, the carbon cycle, or the impact of climate change. In this article, we will explore the definition, history, conversion and usage of metric gigatons.

## Definition of Metric Gigatons

A metric gigaton is a unit of mass equal to 10^9 (one billion) kilograms. The symbol for metric gigaton is Gt, and it is derived from the SI prefix “giga”, meaning “billion”. A metric gigaton is also equivalent to 1000000000000 grams, 2204622621.842 pounds or 5000000000000 carats.

A metric gigaton is also used as a unit of energy equal to 4.184 exajoules (4.184 x 1018 J). This is based on the amount of energy released by one billion tons of TNT exploding, which is approximately 4.184 petajoules (4.184 x 1015 J). This unit is also known as the TNT equivalent, and it is used to compare the energy of different explosions or impacts.

## History of Metric Gigatons

Metric gigatons were introduced as a multiplier in the metric system in 1795, along with other prefixes such as kilo, deca, deci and centi. The metric system was developed in France during the French Revolution, as a way to standardize and simplify measurements. The metric system was based on decimal fractions and powers of ten, unlike the previous systems that used arbitrary units and fractions.

The metric system was adopted by many countries in the 19th and 20th centuries, and became the official system of measurement for science and international trade. However, some countries such as the United States still use other systems such as the imperial or customary units.

Metric gigatons were also used as a unit of energy in the 20th century, especially after the development of nuclear weapons. The first nuclear bomb detonated in 1945 had an estimated yield of about 0.02 Gt. Since then, many nuclear tests and explosions have been measured in gigatons or teratons (one thousand gigatons) of TNT equivalent.

## How to Convert Metric Gigatons

Metric gigatons can be easily converted to other units of mass or energy by multiplying or dividing by appropriate factors. For example, to convert metric gigatons to grams, we multiply by 1000000000000; to convert metric gigatons to kilograms, we multiply by 1000000000.

## Where Metric Gigatons are Used

Metric gigatons are sometimes used for measuring the mass or energy of very large objects or events, such as the Earth’s atmosphere, the carbon cycle, or the impact of climate change. Here are some examples:

• In atmospheric science, metric gigatons are used for estimating the mass or volume of gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. For example, the mass of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is about 3 Gt per ppmv (parts per million by volume), which means that increasing the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide by one ppmv would add about 3 Gt of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
• In environmental science, metric gigatons are used for measuring the carbon cycle or the flux of carbon between different reservoirs such as the atmosphere, the biosphere, the oceans, and the geosphere. For example, the annual anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and land use change are about 40 Gt of carbon, which is about 10% of the total carbon stored in the atmosphere.
• In climate science, metric gigatons are used for quantifying the impact of greenhouse gas emissions or mitigation actions on the global temperature or the radiative forcing. For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that to limit the global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the cumulative carbon dioxide emissions from 2018 onwards should not exceed 420 Gt of carbon.

## Example Conversions of Metric Gigatons to Other Units

Here are some example conversions of metric gigatons to other units:

• To convert 2 Gt to g, we multiply by 1000000000000: 2 Gt x 1000000000000 = 2000000000000 g
• To convert 5 Gt to kg, we multiply by 1000000000: 5 Gt x 1000000000 = 5000000000 kg
• To convert 3 Gt to lb, we multiply by 2204622621.842: 3 Gt x 2204622621.842 = 6613867865.526 lb
Metric Gigatons also can be marked as Gigatonnes (alternative British English spelling in UK).

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