The Earth’s setting is bearing down on all of us through a press at sea level equivalent to about 10 tonnes of weight per square metre. So simply standing upright means carrying the load of a small car.

The factor we can’t feeling it is the the air in ~ our bodies (in our lungs and stomachs, because that example) is exerting the same pressure outwards, for this reason there’s no push difference and no require for united state to exert any type of effort.




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