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what's the billion for? to hire these guys? the best deep core drillers in the world?



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post #122 of 210
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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

Going to have to agree with this. We chuck more money at protecting and killing each other than we do trying to advance our understanding of the universe. That's really sad considering the fact that we know very little about the inner workings of our planet. Honestly, if we could just figure that one out, we might be able to figure out a cheap means for getting off this rock.

I quite like this rock. I'd like it more if everyone else got off it.
post #123 of 210
Just read the info on Wikipedia about the Kola borehole in Russia.

At 13,500m, the temp was reaching 180C, and they estimated that by 15000m the temp would be up near 300C.

And that's just the Kola borehole's temps - further west, the KTB superdeep borehole (Germany) reached 9101m before they had to stop due to temperatures over 260C.

Considering the crust is an estimated 35KM thick, and temps measured at 9100m-13000m were 180C-260C+, and temps at 15000m are expected to be over 300C - how exactly will they be able to dig further then that with such high temperatures?
Edited by un-nefer - 10/1/12 at 8:11pm
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post #124 of 210
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Watch some Neil Degrasse Tyson videos, and feel bad for what you just said.

LMAO I was thinking the exact same thing when I read his comment!
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Maybe there's something living down there tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by un-nefer View Post

Just read the info on Wikipedia about the Kola borehole in Russia.

At 13,500m, the temp was reaching 180C, and they estimated that by 15000m the temp would be up near 300C.

And that's just the Kola borehole's temps - further west, the KTB superdeep borehole (Germany) reached 9101m before they had to stop due to temperatures over 260C.

Considering the crust is an estimated 35KM thick, and temps measured at 9100m-13000m were 180C-260C+, and temps at 15000m are expected to be over 300C - how exactly will they be able to dig further then that with such high temperatures?

The melting point of Tungsten is over 3000C, there are alloys that can go higher than 4000C. The outer core is estimated to be around 1000-1500C near the mantle, which is the boundary they're wanting to reach.
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post #127 of 210
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShadowSkill View Post

First off.. What the HELL are you talking about? Did I say anything about NOT USING TECHNOLOGY?.. No sir.. No I did not.. I said it's a waste a billion dollars which people seems to just throw around loosely but when it comes to helping out schools and other things that NEED it, the money is no where to be found. I understand technology. I'm typing and reading with it right now. No need to be such a smartass I was just saying.

I've read the article, but I don't remember that the $1Bill are solely US money; it's financed with international money: Japan withe a drilling ship, UK, US etc. It is not $1Bill cash or check issued by US.
Edited by ar3f - 10/1/12 at 8:54pm
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Sounds like an interesting project. I'll definitely be following it!

Also I find it funny that the people who want more money to go to education have terrible grammar, let alone spelling... rolleyes.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by un-nefer View Post

Just read the info on Wikipedia about the Kola borehole in Russia.
At 13,500m, the temp was reaching 180C, and they estimated that by 15000m the temp would be up near 300C.
And that's just the Kola borehole's temps - further west, the KTB superdeep borehole (Germany) reached 9101m before they had to stop due to temperatures over 260C.
Considering the crust is an estimated 35KM thick, and temps measured at 9100m-13000m were 180C-260C+, and temps at 15000m are expected to be over 300C - how exactly will they be able to dig further then that with such high temperatures?

Quote:
Originally Posted by lordikon View Post

The melting point of Tungsten is over 3000C, there are alloys that can go higher than 4000C. The outer core is estimated to be around 1000-1500C near the mantle, which is the boundary they're wanting to reach.

I think they need to get some Unobtanium thumb.gif

Should be interesting to see how far they can get. hopefully they don't create a new undersea volcano......
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2012.

2 1/2 months away, right on time.
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