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It's about as heavy as a House.
(149 sq. m, single-level, unfurnished)
A 149 sq. m (1,600 sq. ft), single-story, unfurnished house (without extensive masonry) of the type commonly found in America would weigh approximately 172 tons, based on the weight of the included materials. In contrast, a yurt — a type of dwelling structure popular among nomadic peoples of East Asia — typically weighs less than 0.507 tons.
It's about one-and-a-half times as heavy as a Blue Whale.
In other words, 172 tons is 1.49 times the weight of a Blue Whale, and the weight of a Blue Whale is 0.671 times that amount.
(Balaenoptera musculus)
Blue whales weigh between 115 tons. The largest mammal to have ever lived, blue whales feed almost exclusively on krill — tiny invertebrates weighing about 0.0000011 tons each.
It's about two times as heavy as The Space Shuttle.
In other words, 172 tons is 2.2 times the weight of The Space Shuttle, and the weight of The Space Shuttle is 0.45 times that amount.
(for Endeavour, a.k.a. OV-105, a.k.a. Orbiter Vehicle-105) (empty weight, excluding main engines)
When empty, the space shuttle Endeavour weighs 78 tons. The shuttle's spacious cargo bay carried the Chandra X-ray Observatory into orbit in 1999 — a payload that weighed 22 tons.
It's about one-fourth as heavy as Christ the Redeemer (statue).
In other words, 172 tons is 0.246 times the weight of Christ the Redeemer (statue), and the weight of Christ the Redeemer (statue) is 4.07 times that amount.
(a.k.a. O Cristo Redentor, a.k.a. Christo redemptor) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Christ the Redeemer weighs 700 tons. The statue overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro from atop the 709.9-meter (2,329 ft) granite peak in the Tijuca Forest National Park.
It's about one-tenth as heavy as a Tree (Sierra Redwood).
In other words, 172 tons is 0.12 times the weight of a Tree (Sierra Redwood), and the weight of a Tree (Sierra Redwood) is 8.3 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Giant Sequoia, a.k.a. Sierran redwood, a.k.a. Wellingtonia, a.k.a. "Big Tree", Sequoiadendron giganteum)
The weight of wood in a Giant Sequoia is 1,400 tons. General Sherman, a specimen in Sequoia National Park in Visalia, California, is the largest tree in the world by volume, with an estimated weight of about 2,100 tons.
It's about fourteen times as heavy as an Anchor of a Cruise Ship.
In other words, 172 tons is 13.8 times the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship, and the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship is 0.0725 times that amount.
(for QE2 forward anchor, a.k.a. RMS Queen Elizabeth 2)
Each of the forward anchors of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 weighs 12.5 tons. The anchor of the QE2 now sits in front of the Holyrood Church in Southampton, England, United Kingdom, along a pedestrian tourist route known as "the QE2 mile."
It's about 21 times as heavy as an Elephant.
In other words, 172 tons is 20.77 times the weight of an Elephant, and the weight of an Elephant is 0.04815 times that amount.
(for African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana) (Adult, bull)
A bull African bush elephant weighs between 8.283 tons. Among African elephants, both males and females have tusks (female Asian elephants lack tusks) which can grow to 3 m (10 ft) and weigh up to 0.09921 tons.