# How much oil has been burned in the industrial era, and how much is that in relation to say a football stadium?

I’ll take “in the industrial era” to mean “post-Industrial Revolution.” Globally, we’ve consumed 1 trillion barrels of oil since 1859, which is when the first oil well went into production in Pennsylvania in the U.S. Over a third of the world’s energy needs continue to be met by oil. I’m not sure what you mean by “in relation to a football stadium!”

If you’re looking for an easy visualization for how much oil this would be, CNBC did a story in relation to the BP Oil Spill in 2010 that showed how what 184 million barrels looks like, including:

-184 million milk jugs

-279 Olympic sized swimming pools (8.6 miles end-to-end)

-20,445 tanker trucks

With some simple math, you can estimate that 1 trillion barrels is any of these multiplied by roughly 5,434.78; this will give you a slight underestimate, but the numbers look something like this:

-1 trillion milk jugs

-1,516,304 Olympic swimming pools

-111,114,130 tanker trucks

I hope this helps!