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Platinum is a very rare metal, even rarer than gold. Its density is $21.5\textrm{ g/cm}^3$. Assuming that the world production has been about $110$ tonnes for each of the past $50$ years, and negligible before that, which of the following has a comparable volume to that of the total amount of platinum ever produced?

A: a shoe box, B: a cupboard, C: a house, D: Buckingham Palace, E: the grand Canyon

 

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