Using Spatial Relationships to Illustrate 1 Trillion Dollars

My friend Peter posted this on his FB page over the weekend and I had to share this.. When I hear “billion” and “100 billion” roll of the tongues of politician, it is scary to imagine where this money actually goes.. Increasingly I hear the “trillion” dollar figure, which is an amount I can’t wrap my mind around. The following helps shed light on the scale in physical terms:

The original source for this is, so to get the whole effect I suggest you check this page out.

100 million dollars

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)



1 Billion Dollars

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)


1 Trillion Dollars
It is still staggering to look at but it gives you the impression to how insane this amount is using spatial reference point.

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

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