Thursday, June 8, 2023

Why Is China Digging 33,000 Feet Into The Earth's Crust?

The best possiible reason of course is to master the process.  It will also get you to 20,000 feet which is good enough for deep gas drilling.  i do not see anyone running to teach the chinese how to do it when everyone is drilling full time.

So addressing the kowledge and skill gap matters.

The big problem is that you do slow down as you get deeper.  otherwise this is all about getting funding anyway.

Announce the belt and road, then actually build what you need.

Why Is China Digging 33,000 Feet Into The Earth's Crust?

SATURDAY, JUN 03, 2023 - 06:55 AM

Chinese scientists broke ground Tuesday on a planned 10,000-meter (32,808) foot hole into the Earth's crust - the country's deepest ever borehole according to Bloomberg, citing the Xinhua state-run news agency.

The shaft will penetrate over 10 continental strata, or layers of rock, and will reach the cretaceous system in the earth's crust which dates back some 145 million years. The project will provide data on Earth's internal structure, as well as prove up underground drilling technologies, according to China's National Petroleum Corp., which is in charge of the 457-day project.

The effort could be used to identify mineral resources as well as help assess environmental risks such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

"The construction difficulty of the drilling project can be compared to a big truck driving on two thin steel cables," said Sun Jinsheng, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, in a statement to Xinhua.

President Xi Jinping called for greater progress in deep Earth exploration in a speech addressing some of the nation’s leading scientists in 2021. -Bloomberg

The current record for a hole bored into the earth is the Russian Kola Superdeep Borehole, which has a recorded depth of 40,230 feet (12,262 meters) and was completed in 1989 after 20 years of drilling.

For reference, the earth's crust is an average of 30 km (19 miles) thick.

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