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This really seems like a Jules Verne inspired mission "journey to the center of the earth" does anyone else get the feeling that drilling into the core could create a volcano, I mean essentially they would be creating a perfect hole for pressure to be released, that magma will rise wont it? maybe their ultimate goal is to make a $1 billion dollar island thumb.gif
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post #102 of 210
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Originally Posted by one-shot View Post

A pretty stupid analogy. Do you have a source so we can ridicule the author of that quote?

The analogy isn't that bad, and is very similar to the one quoted in the article itself.
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Originally Posted by AntiTalent View Post

Well, I think it was to underline the difficulty involved in deep water drilling - not really anything to do with the measurements or scale of it. I don't read that much, so if I had to guess I'd say I picked it up from

They are using a drill 30cm wide, from a floating platform 2,200m above the surface they are drilling in to.
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Originally Posted by DrDarkTempler View Post

^ lawl
But it is possible...
Alot of those plate that move due to convection and stuff, and the pressure from inside the core, if you release those pressure it is possible that earth can implode, crashed everything then explode once gravity is greater then the earth pressure just like the sunz

Not even vaguely possible.

Just no.
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Originally Posted by ShadowSkill View Post

I was just saying.

And the implication that spending 1 billion elsewhere would be of greater benefit to humanity/society is baseless.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

I would have thought it to be more expensive to do the undersea drilling than to pick a spot close to sea level and then be able to work on land. I mean...they are drilling 3000km. Why bother going through the hassle of water drilling to save 6km?
Or is it some how easier to drill underwater?

It's harder to drill under water.

However, because the crust is floating on the mantle it's much thinner on the sea floor than on the continents. They would have to drill several times further on land, at the very least.

Basically, the difficulties of drilling from a floating platform are less than having to drill five times as far.
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I remember a story awhile back not the specifics so I may be way off but these guys that were drilling started hearing human screams beneath the earth said it sounded like hell. That would be wicked sick if we actually discovered hell on earth or rather beneath the earth hahaha.
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I would have thought it to be more expensive to do the undersea drilling than to pick a spot close to sea level and then be able to work on land. I mean...they are drilling 3000km. Why bother going through the hassle of water drilling to save 6km?
Or is it some how easier to drill underwater?

It's harder to drill under water.

However, because the crust is floating on the mantle it's much thinner on the sea floor than on the continents. They would have to drill several times further on land, at the very least.

Basically, the difficulties of drilling from a floating platform are less than having to drill five times as far.

The crust is only about 40-50km thick, so they're saving themselves only about 5-10km at most from drilling from the ocean floor I would imagine. That's a small part of 3000km.
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post #105 of 210
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrDarkTempler

^ lawl
But it is possible...
Alot of those plate that move due to convection and stuff, and the pressure from inside the core, if you release those pressure it is possible that earth can implode, crashed everything then explode once gravity is greater then the earth pressure just like the sunz

Somewhere out there is a science teacher who should be drawn and quartered..................
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??
You talking about that movie? The Core?
ya got me, I never watched the movie, just saw commercials/trailer showing Earth's Enema on its way to the sweet spot.
what I am worried about is the actual process of drilling and the issues that come with that. That and I do not believe there is much of a reason to mess with the Mantle.

Naa bro this is what our 1 billion dollar funded project is doing rolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif
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It'd be wonderful if this led to a discovery of a way to harness the magma in the mantle for electricity, imagine the amount of power that could be created from the earth's very own mantle.

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It's be wonderful if this led to a discovery of a way to harness the magma for electricity, we imagine the amount of
power from the earth's very own mantle
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Dude, what if we discovered the earth's mantle is made OUT of electricity? And that's why compasses work? ELECTRO-magnetism. There'd be enough electricity to power the whole planet, because the whole planet would be made of electricity.
 
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Naa bro this is what our 1 billion dollar funded project is doing rolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif

ehh? so we are drilling down through a crack in the crust? that sounds less reassuring than what I had thought.
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Wouldn't drilling a hole into the earths mantel cause disturbances to the earths magnetic field? Although i would guess that you'd have to go further than the mantle for this to occur, but it does make you think. After all, it's the magnetosphere that protects us from the harmful solar winds. Cause enough of a disturbance and wooosh, there goes our atmosphere....and us for that matter.

Although it's likely i'm thinking way too deeply into this...(unintentional pun there lol)
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