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# How much does a cubic meter of soil weigh?

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One cubic meter of soil weighs between 1.2 and 1.7 metric tonnes, or between 1,200 and 1,700 kilograms. These metric figures convert to between 2,645 and 3,747 pounds, or between 2.6 tons and 3.7 tons, per cubic meter. Loose topsoil is lighter, and compacted topsoil is heavier.

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Moisture content also affects density and weight of soil. Myers Group claims that 1 cubic meter of topsoil, with some moisture, is 1.44 metric tonnes. The Engineering ToolBox explains that 1 cubic meter of loose, dry topsoil is 1.22 metric tonnes, and loose, moist topsoil is 1.25 metric tonnes. One cubic meter is approximately 1.3 cubic yards, or 35 cubic feet.

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The cubic meter is the measurement used for volume. This volume is found by using a cube that has its length, width and depth each equal to 1.0 meter. To find the volume of this cube, these three measurements are multiplied together to find the volume of 1.0 m3.

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There are 1000 cubic decimeters in a cubic meter. Since each meter has 10 decimeters, one meter cubed equals 10 decimeters cubed. The result of 10 cubed is 1000.

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At 70 degrees Fahrenheit, one cubic foot of water weighs approximately 62.30 pounds. Keep in mind, however, that the density of water, and thus its weight by volume, fluctuates based on its temperature. Water that is warmer than 70 F weighs less, while water that is cooler than 70 F weighs more.