Visualize a liter as a cube that is:
- 0.1 m on each side
- 1 dm on each side
- 10 cm on each side
- 100 mm on each side
Visualize a liter as one square meter that is millimeter thick.
A cubic decimeter is a cube that has a special name, the liter (L): 1 dm3 = 1 L
A cubic decimeter contains 1000 cubic centimeters: 1 dm3 - 1000 cm3
A cubic centimeter equals a milliliter: 1 cm3 - 1 mL
The liter is abbreviated with the unit symbol (L). If a lowercase l is used, it can be easily confused with the number one 1.
The next time you are at a grocery store, read the package labels on a liquid product to see how many liters (or milliliters) are in each container!
Bodies of Water Continent Volume of Water (estimated) Caspian Sea Asia 78 700 km3 Lake Baikal Asia 23 600 km3 Lake Superior North America 12 100 km3 Lake Michigan North America 4 920 km3 Lake Huron North America 3 540 km3 Lake Victoria Africa 2 700 km3 Lake Ontario North America 1 700 km3 Lake Lodoga Europe 908 km3 Lake Erie North America 484 km3 Lake Maracaibo South America 280 km3 Lake Tahoe North America 151 km3 Lake Mead North America 35 km3 Volume 1 ML = Olympic Swimming Pool 235 L = Bathtub 5 L = Blood in Human Body 4 L = Full Human Stomach 3.79 L = Gallon of Milk 355 mL = Soda Pop Can 200 mL = Juice Box 80 mL = Empty Human Stomach 15 mL = Eye Drop Bottle