Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 13 - Think and Discuss: 101

Answer

This is physically possible.

Work Step by Step

The force on the boy's finger could be quite small. The pressure on his finger depends on the depth of the water, not on the volume or mass of the North Sea, and the force is the pressure multiplied by the very small area of the hole. See problem 41.
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