Somalian units of measurement
A number of units of measurement were used in Somalia to measure length, mass, area, capacity, etc. Metric system adopted in 1950, and has been compulsory since 1972 in Somalia.^{[1]}
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System before metric system
A number of units were used. These units were local and varied with materials and provinces.
Length
Several units were used to measure length. One top was equal to 3.92 m.^{[1]}^{[2]} One cubito was equal to 1/7 top.^{[1]}^{[2]}
Mass
A number of units were used to measure mass. One rottolo (pound) was equal to 0.448 kg.^{[1]}^{[2]} Some other units are given below:
1 okia (ounce) = 1/16 rottolo
1 frasla = 36 rottolo
1 gisla = 360 rottolo.^{[1]}^{[2]}
Area
One darat was equal to 8000 m^{2}.^{[2]}
Capacity
Two main systems, dry and liquid, were used.
Dry
Several units were used to measure dry capacity. One chela was equal to 1.359 l.^{[1]}^{[2]} Some other units were given below:
1 tabla = 15 chela
1 gisla = 120 chela.^{[1]}^{[2]}
Liquid
One caba was equal to 0.453 l.^{[1]}^{[2]}
References
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} ^{e} ^{f} ^{g} ^{h} Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} ^{e} ^{f} ^{g} ^{h} Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. 1. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. pp. 11, 12.