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What happens when they drill too deep and unleash the Locust horde upon us? We don't have Cog soldiers to defend us!

I'm a COG soldier. gunner2.gifgunner.gif

Bring em on.
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Count-down to opening portal to hell and unleashing demons upon us all and fulfilling the Mayan prophecy biggrin.gif
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Hmm, remind me again what happens if you pierce the outer layer of something under pressure?


The way I see it is that Earth's a big ball full of pressurized magma and other stuff that's beneath the outer crust.

But if you drill through the outer crust right into the pressurized magma and other stuff then that magma that is under pressure is going in one direction - out the hole that was just drilled.

This is pretty much what happens with Volcanoes, magma follows path of least resistance until it finds its way out to the earth's surface - so I don't see much of a difference between a volcano and a man made hole that will drill right down into the pressurized magma.

Can anyone say man-made volcano...
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so where are all these poeople getting the idea that the mayan calander predicted the end of the world?

Doesnt the calandar work in cycles?nd this is just 1 cycle ending? meaning the Calander technically resets and starts fromt he beginning lol.

I do not believe for a second that it mark the death of earth, I mean something Wacky Could ofcourse still happen, Magma Plume can happen at any moment and pretty much wipe us out, or atleast end Life as we Know it today. most likely plunge the earth into another ice age if that were to happen though.

But how knows
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so where are all these poeople getting the idea that the mayan calander predicted the end of the world?

Doesnt the calandar work in cycles?nd this is just 1 cycle ending? meaning the Calander technically resets and starts fromt he beginning lol.

I do not believe for a second that it mark the death of earth, I mean something Wacky Could ofcourse still happen, Magma Plume can happen at any moment and pretty much wipe us out, or atleast end Life as we Know it today. most likely plunge the earth into another ice age if that were to happen though.

But how knows

I believe the it's just the end of a cycle and the Mayans didn't feel the need to make a calendar for another cycle considering it was already many hundreds of years in the future at that time.

A few centimeter-wide hole in the Earth, through a 3000km mantle, under 8km of ocean, has quite literally no chance of ending life as we know it. I don't know why you even talk about it like it's a possibility. It's like the claims that the LHC would form a black hole that would envelope the Earth, which is an argument with absolutely no merit.
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its all possible though. Do you know how Vibrations effect matter down in the mantel?

I sure dont. Enough of a reason for me to question it.

I personally do not subscribe to the theory of the blackhole being created by the LHC. But it is also theorized that black hols blink in and out of existance all the time. IM not so sure I believe in that very much either.

But with the Mantle thing, you must understand how powerful sound waves are and vibrations can be especially at depth. Just doesnt sound like it is worth finding out.
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Hmm, remind me again what happens if you pierce the outer layer of something under pressure?
The way I see it is that Earth's a big ball full of pressurized magma and other stuff that's beneath the outer crust.
But if you drill through the outer crust right into the pressurized magma and other stuff then that magma that is under pressure is going in one direction - out the hole that was just drilled.
This is pretty much what happens with Volcanoes, magma follows path of least resistance until it finds its way out to the earth's surface - so I don't see much of a difference between a volcano and a man made hole that will drill right down into the pressurized magma.
Can anyone say man-made volcano...

If it was under as much pressure as you seem to think it is, every volcano on Earth would be erupting...

You don't see much of a difference between a 30cm radius hole (full of drill shaft, I might add), and something the size of a volcano? Really?
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dont forget that just because it is the mantle, doesnt mean every inch of it is Magma
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This should be pretty cool. I'm a field geologist for an energy company and spend my time at drilling sites in Ohio where we drill about 12,000 ft of hole (~7500' vertical, 4500' horizontal). I see drill bits get wrecked drilling through sedimentary rocks on almost every site I've been on. This project is going to be a nightmare given they will be drilling through much harder material like igneous and metamorphic rocks. Not to mention the cost of one drill bit is crazy expensive. Plus the time it will take to trip that much drill string in and out of the hole to change bits will be a factor in the time this project will take. Heat and pressure at depth are going to be a huge factor as well. The image below give a possible setup for how they will be able to circulate drilling fluid which will keep the bits cooled. There's a lot going against them but they wouldn't be doing it if they didn't think it's going to work. I think it's an awesome project! Wish I could be apart of something like this!
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"One problem with drilling deep holes in ultra-deepwater is the control and recirculation of drilling mud that cools the drilling process and flushs rock cuttings out of the drill hole. In the riserless mud recovery system, drilling mud is pumped down the drill pipe, exits through the drill bit, returns to the top of the hole outside of the drill pipe and is then captured as it exits the hole and pumped back to the surface through a rigid mud return line. Image by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program"

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