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Friday, August 17, 2018

Kola Superdeep Borehole: The Deepest Hole In The World

Kola Superdeep Borehole

Some would say that this is the door to hell because it's 12,262 meters deep making it the deepest man-made hole in the world.

There are a few who strongly believes that the human understands the galaxies and other planets that are light years away more than we understand anything under our feet and anything below the Earth's surface.

Strangely, the Voyager 1 spacecraft exited our solar system for about 26 years which is the same amount of time the scientists on Earth required to go through 12 kilometers into the surface of the planet.


Kola Superdeep Borehole was drilled from a depth of 7.5 miles or 12 km for more than 2 decades.

After reaching 12,262 or 40,230 ft, the Kola Superdeep Borehole became the deepest artificial hole on Earth.

Imagine this, the Kola Superdeep Borehole is so deep that goes down further than the Deepest point of the ocean which is the Mariana Trench that lies about 10.9 km deep or 6.8 miles.

Kola Superdeep Borehole, deepest hole


You might be wondering what did the scientist found in the hole?

The answer is water, a lot of it. After 26 years of exhausting drilling efforts, the scientist found that there is a lot of water down there. They uncovered hot mineralized water literally everywhere down the drill path.

Aside from water, scientists also discovered that Earth has gas but not that type of gas. The scientist was able to find helium, hydrogen, nitrogen and including carbon dioxide that came from microbes.

One of the biggest revelation that scientist found that there was no basalt under the granites. Scientists understand that at about 9,000 meters, the granite would have given way to basalt though it doesn't.



In addition, scientists learn that there are fossils in granite that is located at around 6,700 meters below the surface. The scientist has also discovered that the temperature at the bottom of the hole is an overwhelming 180 degrees Celsius which is too hot to continue the process that is affecting the drills, hence the nickname of the door to hell.

Maybe what's more remarkable is the truth that scientists have estimated that the range to the center of the Earth is about 4,000 miles or 6,400 km. As it turns out, the scientist wasn't even that close to because the drill that they made is just a small scratch on the Earth's surface.



Bryan Nelson of Mother Nature Network said that the discovery of microplankton fossils in the rocks for more than 2 million years that was found 4 miles under the surface is the most fascinating discovery from this project. He also said that these microfossils represented almost 24 ancient species that were protected in an organic mixture that somehow endured the extreme pressure and heat that exist beneath the Earth.


Written by Kent McGrath, Lucis Philippines contributor.
Image: The Fact Land

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