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Scientists to drill down to Earth's mantle

By T.K. Randall
March 27, 2011 · Comment icon 19 comments

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For the first time scientists will drill all the way to the Earth's mantle to retrieve valuable samples.
The project is not without its complications - in order to work it will require new drillbit and lubricant designs as well as rather a large amount of money, however scientists are optimistic that drilling could go ahead around 2020.
Scientists are planning to drill all the way through the planet's miles-thick crust to Earth's deep, hot mantle and retrieve samples for the first time. The samples, they say, would rival moon rocks for sheer scientific import—and be nearly as hard to get.

Source: National Geographic | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Flashbangwollap 14 years ago
LOL Yep just take a holiday in Hawaii and Bobs your kettle full of magma. LOL and Lol again.
Comment icon #11 Posted by booNyzarC 14 years ago
Is this a good idea? Have they thought it through? Will it even work? I have a bad feeling about this. I do too. It just seems like an unwise thing to do. Aren't we mucking with the planet enough already? Perhaps we should focus on an exit strategy before doing something like this...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lunarstone 13 years ago
WOW! This is gonna be SO COOL!
Comment icon #13 Posted by brainiac 13 years ago
I think it will be a major disaster, since there is a big pressure and very hot underneath, it is like creating a volcano that will explode suddenly. I mean volcano are created by the earth's natural vaporization process of its hot mineral. What they will do is a destruction of our mother earth.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Swamptick 13 years ago
Totally agree with post #4.
Comment icon #15 Posted by KoasTheory 13 years ago
Wow to retrieve what? Honestly we do know enough about the earth to not give a damn about drilling to the core. All that money can easily be spent on exploring our solar system and others.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Asgaard 13 years ago
Hmhm... they are scientist that dream to resurrect Tesla's work... TO create clean and free energy for the benefit of nature and our kids future and to finaly get rid of archaic use of oil and dead plants for energy, to stop world hunger to stop war Discover the solar system!!! etc, etc...(WEll you see the point) But no,instead took all this money to garbadge to do some kind of expedition that no one care about and that won't change a thing.
Comment icon #17 Posted by sepulchrave 13 years ago
I swear, this is the most depressing thread I have read in a long time. This expedition is a reasonable experiment with genuine scientific merit. It will not destroy the world. It will not even destroy part of the ocean. It will not cost billions of dollars. It will not deny funding from space exploration, cancer cures, or anything else. It is also a mistake to narrowly focus all scientific funding on a single specific area. Finally, Tesla did not discover a viable source of ``free energy''. I also find it quite disappointing that people think that a genius inventor and experimentalist like Te... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by MandiS 13 years ago
This reminds me of the Doctor Who episode The Hungry Earth. It's even the same year, 2020.
Comment icon #19 Posted by HerNibs 13 years ago
Wasn't this Dr. Evil's plan? Nibs

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