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[News.com.au]Scientists embark on mission to drill deeper into Earth than ever before

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  • Aim to drill 12km into Earth
  • Collect unique mantle samples
  • Drill starts 4km under ocean
THEY'RE not exactly journeying to the centre of the Earth, but a pair of scientists are about to embark on a world-first mission to find out what's there.

Dr Damon Teagle, a geologist at the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton, and Dr Benoit Ildefonse from Montpellier University in France, are leading a team which will aim to drill through more than eight kilometres of solid rock in the Pacific Ocean.

And no, they're not expecting to find any giant mushroom forests or dinosaurs.

Rather, the purpose of the mission is to retrieve samples of the boundary between the ocean crust and the mantle, known as the "Mohorovicic" or "Moho" for short.

It's not the first time drilling to the Earth’s mantle has been attempted - a team of American scientists attempted it in the 1960s - but Dr Teagle and Dr Benoit hope to be the first to manually extract samples.
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I thought this would be something worth discussing, it would be really cool to see what the earth looks like at those depths, is it all hot magma, is it bedrock? At those depths there won't be fossils.
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Bedrock, Minecraft says so.
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Interesting. They should upload a vid/stream when they reach there.

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Bedrock, Minecraft says so.
lol.
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Oh noooo, didn't the end begin like this in a movie?
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May have something to do with the earths magnetic feild? Just a thought?
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how about they drill 800 miles instead.. that way we can finally dispel the hollow earth myth rofl
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Won't the water just drain into the hole and cool the temperatures there?
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moho metal makers anybody?
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I remember a certain doctor who episode starting like this
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how about they drill 800 miles instead.. that way we can finally dispel the hollow earth myth rofl
as you drill temps and pressure increases . after 10 or so km it's like a cooking pot there. and deeper than that the pressure is just enormous and after that you end up like a 590GTX at 1.3v
    
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