The borehole will penetrate more than 10 continental formations as it travels deeper into the Earth’s surface.
Friday 02 June 2023 at 14:39, UK
China is drilling a hole more than 11,000 meters deep in the desert to study the deep regions below the Earth’s surface.
The operation – state media reported – began on Tuesday in the northwestern Xinjiang region China.
The drilling process will penetrate deep into the earth, penetrating more than 10 continental formations.
With a planned depth of 11,100 metres, the hole is certainly not shallow, but it still falls short of the deepest man-made hole ever drilled.
The current record has been held since 1979 by the Kola Ultradeep Borehole, a Soviet project near the Russia-Norway border, at a depth of 12,262 meters (40,230 feet).
State media reported that Sun Jinsheng, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said: “The difficulty of the drilling project can be compared to a large truck driving on two thin steel cables.”
Some of the equipment involved in the operation weighed more than 2,000 tons. The Tarim Basin, where the cave entrance is located, has a harsh ground environment and complex underground conditions, making exploration difficult.
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Due to the state’s persecution of the Uyghur people, the Xinjiang region of China, where drilling is underway, has frequently been in the news in recent years.
Earlier this year, Sky News entered the region to report The latest phase of the oppressive movement.