If we were to journey to the center of the Earth, it would take a lot longer than you might expect. Here’s how deep humans have dug underground.
The typical grave is 6 ft down. Most Olympic swimming pools are 10 feet deep. Nile crocodiles dig burrows as deep as 39 ft deep. The Paris Catacombs are 65 ft underground.
The ancient city of Derinkuyu lies 279 ft below Turkey. The Greenbrier Bunker in W. Virginia is 720 feet underground. It was built to keep Congress safe in an emergency.
If the Eiffel Tower were buried up to the tip the base would reach down to here. The Woodingdean Well is 1,285 ft deep. It’s the deepest hole that humans have dug by hand.
33 Chilean miners were trapped in a mine for about 2 months in 2010. The Burj Khalifa would go 2,722 ft below the surface. The deepest known point in a cave is in Krubera Cave in Georgia. Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel is the deepest railway tunnel. Mponeng in South Africa is the world’s deepest gold mine.
The Kola Superdeep Borehole is only 9 inches wide. Russian scientists have been drilling it since 1970. It’s now deeper than the deepest part of the ocean. The bottom is 356˚F, which is too hot for drills to go any further. In 2012, Exxon completed the Z-44 Chayvo Well. This oil well is the deepest humans have dug
It would take another 60,000 ft to reach the end of the crust and another 21 million ft to the center of the Earth. Better get digging!
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