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Ton it is a term that derives from barrel and that refers to a measure of dough in the International System of Units and in the metric system, whose symbol is t . The ton equals one weight from 1,000 kilograms .

For example: "Elephants can weigh several tons", "The bridge opened yesterday has a resistance of one hundred tons", “Don Ricardo is very happy: this season he managed to harvest a ton of soybeans”.

As with all measures of dough, the usefulness of its use will be determined by the weight of the entity in question. Indicate the weight of a human being in tons it makes no sense, since no person reaches that unit. Therefore, we should express its weight in decimals (a man may weigh 80 kilograms or 0.08 tons ).

On the other hand, with much heavier objects, the ton is more appropriate than the gram or kilogram. Assume that a shipment of merchandise is sent from Argentina toward Spain and the containers add a weight of 234 tons . If you wanted to express this weight in grams, you should refer a very large number (234,000,000 grams ).

It should be noted that the notion of ton can make reference to other units of mass. At avoirdupois system , you can talk about short ton (equivalent to 907.18474 kilograms) or long ton (which is equivalent to 1016,0469088 kilos). For the spanish nautical , the ton was the measure of capacity that was equivalent to eight cubic bank elbows or 189.11 liters.

In the news of the press the term ton usually appears in relation to generally catastrophic or contraband events, such as the finding of tons of dead fish at the edge of a river or the seizure of tons of cocaine in an illegal property used by traffickers of drug.

Animals weighing more than one ton

Elephants

This family of placental mammals is known throughout the world, thanks to the popularity of certain cartoon characters such as Dumbo, who present them to the little ones, although with characteristics different from those they actually possess, and also because of his unfortunate exploitation in circuses and zoos. These are extraordinary animals, which can exceed 10 tons and live more than 80 years. Outside their immense size, they stand out for having great intelligence and a complex system Communication.

Killer whales

Orcas also largely owe their popularity to exploitation, in this case in water parks, although there are people who simply watch them, without threatening their freedom, as is the case of the well-known activist Roberto Bubas, which fights for the liberation of these incredible animals. Although the mental image that many people may have of a killer whale is much greater than that of an elephant, its average weight is around 5.5 tons, about half of the latter. If we consider that the weight of a normal person does not reach one tenth of a ton, it becomes very difficult to understand that these colossi do not impose more resistance to abuse.

Crocodiles

Although the largest crocodile of which there is a record weighed 1.7 tons and the next one did not reach half that weight, it is an animal especially feared by humans, given its immense mouth, its huge force and his ability to hunt. Crocodiles can live in slow-flowing rivers or in salty estuaries, and they are exceptional swimmers. Despite their ferocity, the offspring must go through great dangers until they develop, and very few of each litter reach adulthood.

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