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Filling Morecambe Bay

Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:


A notice on Morecambe Promenade reads: "It would take $20$ million years to fill Morecambe Bay from a bath tap." Assuming that the flow from a bath tap is $6$ litres per minute, what is the approximate capacity of Morecambe Bay, in litres?


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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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