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You won’t believe what Scientists found when they drilled the world’s deepest hole

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You won’t believe what Scientists found when they drilled the world’s deepest hole


The borehole itself (welded shut), August 2012. Please don’t try to open it for the love of God.


Some call it the ‘Door to Hell’. At 12,262 meters the Kola Superdeep Borehole is the deepest artificial point on our planet. No one expected these discoveries.


There are some who firmly believe the human race knows more about distant galaxies and alien planets located light years away from Earth than what lies beneath the surface of our planet.

Curiously, it took the Voyager 1 spacecraft nearly 26 years to exit our solar system, which is about the same amount of time scientists on Earth needed to penetrate 12 kilometers into our planet’s surface.

After more than two decades, scientists created the Kola Superdeep Borehole and a drill depth of more than 7.5 miles (12 kilometers).

The Kola Superdeep Borehole reached 12,262 meters (40,230 ft) in 1989 becoming the deepest artificial point on our planet.

To put that into perspective, the Kola Superdeep Borehole descends further than the deepest point of the ocean, which lies at nearly 6.8 miles (11 kilometers).


To put things into perspective. Image credit: http://i.imgur.com/TDDcoBu.png


So, what did scientists find down there?

Well, after 26 years of intensive drilling efforts, experts found that there’s a LOT of water down there. Scientists discovered hot mineralized water almost everywhere down the drilling path.

But not only is there water down there, scientists discovered the Earth has Gas. NO not THAT type of gas. Scientists found, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, and even carbon dioxide (from microbes) all along the borehole.

One of the greatest surprises was that experts found there is no basalt under the continent’s granite. Scientists believed that at 9,000 meters the granite would give way to basalt. However, to their surprise, it doesn’t.

Furthermore, scientists discovered there are FOSSILS in granite located around 6,700 meters below the surface.

In addition to the above, scientists found that the temperature at the bottom of the hole reached a staggering 180 degrees Celsius, officially too hot to continue, and rightfully earning the nickname ‘Door to Hell’.

But perhaps what’s even more impressive is the fact that scientists estimate that the distance to the center of our planet is nearly 6,400 kilometers or nearly 4000 miles. Turns out, 6,400 kilometers isn’t anywhere close! What scientists managed to drill trough barely scratches the surface as they only managed to get to around 12 km.

“By far the most riveting discovery from the project, however, was the detection of microscopic plankton fossils in rocks over 2 billion years old, found four miles beneath the surface,” reports Bryan Nelson from Mother Nature Network.

“These ‘microfossils’ represented about 24 ancient species, and were encased in organic compounds which somehow survived the extreme pressures and temperatures that exist so far beneath the Earth.”


The project was officially terminated in 2005, leaving only a rusted metal cap as a marker of its existence.


Reference:

Science Alert

Atlas Obscura 

Article edited in order to correct the distances to the center of the Earth. 5/26/2017

21 Comments
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  • Ponyrider of the Dale

    That rules out the hollow earth hogwash.

    • Savatage (Always Deplorable)

      BAM !!!

    • Bo Talerico

      And how is that?

      • Ponyraider of the Lost Snark

        Lol. Bugger off nutjob and be an idiot somewhere else.

  • dorkydan

    Does this mean they drilled PAST the center of the Earth? I’m confused. The article says they believed the center of the earth was 4,000 Meters. Is that a MISPRINT?

    • Gary Lewis

      The center is 4,000 miles.
      They drilled less than 8.

    • Jim Peternickle

      It’s a misprint: the author doesn’t know how to keep track of the difference between meters and kilometers, and thus inferred a grossly incorrect understanding from it. That’s the problem with websites like this that have an agenda / bias.

  • dorkydan

    This PROVES beyond a shadow of a doubt that everything scientists THOUGHT they knew about or “Inner-Earth” was wrong. Dead wrong. This also seems to substantiate my own personal thought … that God created the Earth from available materials … just just out of thin air.

    • Jim Peternickle

      False. Re-read the article, and you’ll see the author majorly mixed up the units of measure as s/he was writing.

      Keeping in mind that there are 1,600 meters in a mile, and 1,000 meters in a Kilometer:

      The scientists dug down 12.3 Kilometers (i.e. 12,300 meters).
      The scientists dug down approximately 7.7 miles.

      The radius of the earth at the equator is approximately 6,400 Kilometers (i.e. 6,400,000 meters).
      The radius of the earth at the equator is approximately 4,000 miles.

      The distance of 7.7 miles that was bored out is no-where near 4,000 miles.
      The distance of 12.3 Kilometers that was bored out is no-where near 6,400 Kilometers.
      The distance of 12,000 meters that was bored out is no-where near 6,400,000 meters.

      That is how you keep the units of measure straight. When you keep them straight, it’s very easy to see that the agenda behind this article and its author is warped, and you should think critically about anything you read and hear before just accepting what you read/hear as true.

      Always think critically, challenge, question, and research! This article above is bogus.

      • Hey Jim calm down. What is your problem. It was a mistake that has been corrected.

        “But perhaps what’s even more impressive is the fact that scientists estimate that the distance to the center of our planet is nearly 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers). Turns out, 6,400 kilometers isn’t anywhere close and what scientists managed to drill trough barely scratches the surface.”

        • Jim Peternickle

          The problematic / erroneous statement within the article above (even after the correction) is the following line (which you posted within your statement right there):

          “Turns out, 6,400 kilometers isn’t anywhere close!”

  • Kimberly Dilworth

    Maybe the center of the earth used to be that maybe it has gotten bigger and expanded more over time

    • Jim Peternickle

      If that were to happen, to the magnitude that it would’ve had to occur, as described by the author above, the Earth would no longer exist. Plus, it would be all over the news if we didn’t cease to exist and/or die.

      If you simply just think about it, rather than just believing everything you read, you’ll see the author conflated units of measure in the middle of the article.

      At one point he/she is talking in meters, and then in kilometers, while treating the numbers the same, regardless of the units of measure.

      You can easily verify yourself the circumference of the earth, and therefore the diameter / radius, using simple mathematical formulas such as 2PiR, and PiR^2, etc. Google this for even five minutes, and you’ll see how to calculate all of this yourself, without having to rely on anyone else.

      Then go back and read the article, and you’ll see that the author talks about them digging past 6,700 meters, but then says that scientists “previously thought” the earth was 4,000 miles (6,400 KM) — but 6,700 Meters is NO WHERE NEAR 6,400 Kilometers!

      The scientists dug down 12.3 KM. That’s 12,300 Meters. That’s approximately 7.7 Miles.

      The distance of 7.7 miles is NO-WHERE CLOSE to 4,000 miles
      The distance of 12.3 Kilometers is NO-WHERE CLOSE to 6,400 Kilometers.

      If something seems really off (such as the content of this article), it is much better to question and challenge it, than to simply accept it as true without applying any critical thought, and then trying to imagine ways in which the absurd claims could somehow be true. They’re not, and it doesn’t take much thought or research to realize and/or prove it.

  • Michael Monterosa

    Everything they know is wrong. If we have only dugg that deep. How do we know what’s down there. Or how far is what. At the end he give exact distance of where the core is at and so forth. How we would know that……..

    • Jim Peternickle

      Please do just five minutes of Googling on this: it’s very easy to find the real answers. The article above is almost complete hogwash. The radius of the earth at the equator is approximately 4,000 miles (i.e. 7,040 KM, or 7,040,000 meters). This can be calculated in a myriad of ways, and you’re able to do experiments yourself without having to rely on what anyone else tells you, in order to verify that fact. The “confusing” part of the article above is that the author switches units of measure while treating the math as if s/he is still using the same unit of measure. So, to clarify:

      The scientists bored a hole that was approximately 12.3 KM deep. That’s equivalent to 12,300 meters deep. Or, equivalent to approximately 7.69 miles, since there are 1,600 meters in a mile.

      The author of this article, however, was talking about finding fossils in granite around 6,700 meters below the surface, and then said that scientists “previously thought that the center of the earth was at approximately 4,000 miles down” (which it is), and translated that into kilometers (6,400) accurately, but then said that 6,500 [sic] kilometers doesn’t even scratch the surface (which is false), all because the author treated the original 6,700 “METERS” for the fossils as the same thing as “KILOMETERS”, even though there are 1,000 meters in every KM.

      Overall, the scientists dug 12.3 KM (i.e. 12,300 METERS) down into the earth, which is approximately 7.7 MILES, not anywhere even CLOSE to the center of the earth, which is approximately 4,000 miles down.

  • Jim Peternickle

    To the author: please keep track of your units of measure as you write about these things, unless it is your intention to misguide people with certain ideologies with the hope that they’ll be unable to see that you treat meters as kilometers, and claim that they dug *past* the point they previously thought to be the center of the earth and that it’s just “scratching the surface”.

    12.3 KM = 12,300 meters = 6.99 miles (approx.).

    Do you see that it is NO WHERE NEAR 4,000 miles (i.e. 7,040 Kilometers, or 7,040,000 meters)?

    So please don’t go on saying things like “Turns out, 6,500 kilometers isn’t anywhere close and what scientists managed to drill trough barely scratches the surface.”, when, in-fact, the scientists only drilled through 12.3 Kilometers, not 6,500 kilometers, or 12,300 kilometers. It’s 12,300 METERS — NOT 12,300 “kilometers”!!! There’s a HUGE difference between kilometers and meters: by three orders of magnitude, as it “turns out”!! lol.

    How can anyone this lame-brained by allowed to write articles, unless the entire purpose of this website is to try to misguide / misinform / dupe people, like so many cults out there?!?!?? Crikey, and people wonder why many of us lament the existence of so much of humanity… :o(

  • Jim Peternickle

    To the author: please keep track of your units of measure as you write about these things, unless it is your intention to misguide people with certain ideologies with the hope that they’ll be unable to see that you treat meters as kilometers, and claim that they dug *past* the point they previously thought to be the center of the earth and that it’s just “scratching the surface”.

    12.3 KM = 12,300 meters = 7.7 miles (approx.)
    [i.e. 1,600 meters in a mile, and 1,000 meters in a KM]

    Do you see that 7.7 miles is NO WHERE NEAR 4,000 miles?
    That 12,300 meters is no where near 6,400,000 meters?
    That 12.3 KM is no where near 6,400 KM???

    So please don’t go on saying things like “Turns out, 6,500 kilometers isn’t anywhere close and what scientists managed to drill trough barely scratches the surface.”, when, in-fact, the scientists only drilled through 12.3 Kilometers, not 6,500 kilometers. There is a HUGE difference between Kilometers and Meters!!!

    How can anyone without this understanding be allowed to write articles, unless the entire purpose of this website is to try to misguide / misinform / dupe people, like so many cults out there?!? Crikey, and people wonder why many of us lament the existence of so much of humanity… :o(

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