Sunday, November 22, 2009
The Weight of the Ocean
Gravity is a funny thing.
You would think that if it can hold down and contain something as immense and heavy as the ocean, then the force of gravity should be so powerful that we should have difficulty just lifting a foot off the ground!
How is it that we can freely run and jump, leap and vault ourselves into the air despite the constant pull and not one drop of that giant ocean escapes?
You would think that the heavier the object, the more it could resist gravity's stronghold... while feathers would have to be pried off the ground with a great deal of oomph.
I don't care for the boring scientific explanation for all of this. It's just the child in me following a brainstorm.