Is China’s Beijing Drilling a 10km Deep Hole Into The Earth’s Crust? Details Inside.

Is China’s Beijing Drilling a 10km Deep Hole Into The Earth's Crust? Details Inside.
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Reportedly, Chinese scientists have started drilling a 10,000 Metre (32,808 feet) hole into the earth’s crust, which will be the second-largest man-made hole on Earth, after the Russian Kola Superdeep Borehole, which reached a depth of 12,262 metres (40,230 feet) in 1989, after 20 years of drilling.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, on May 30, 2023, China’s deepest ever Borehole project started in the Xinjiang region, home to China’s largest coal and natural gas reserves. Although China has already started the drilling project for research purposes, digging inside the earth can face various construction difficulties. In the 1960s, an American team through 13 metres (43 feet) of basalt in the topmost layer of the oceanic crust and descended to 183 metres (600 feet) below the seafloor; however, the project got cancelled due to mismanagement and financial issues. Sun Jinsheng, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, during an interview with the media house, talked about the drilling project and said,

The construction difficulty of the drilling project can be compared to a big truck driving on two thin steel cables.

The reason behind drilling a 32,808 feet hole into the Earth’s crust

According to media reports, President XI Jinping during his interaction with the nation’s leading scientists in 2021, discussed a greater exploration into deep Earth progress. Furthermore, this project can also assist in identifying mineral and energy resources as well as can be used to evaluate the risk of several natural disasters, like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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