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- China has begun drilling a 10-kilometer-deep hole in Xinjiang.
- Well, the approximate size of 33 Eiffel Towers.
- Scientists seek to discover new ores and energy resources.
- Specialists also want advances in earthquake-related studies.
China has begun work on drilling a 10-kilometer well in Xinjiang, a region known for its oil reserves. The narrow crater would be as deep as more than 33 Eiffel Towers.
According to a report carried by the Economic Times portal, the drilling will go through more than ten layers of rock. Chinese technicians will access the Cretaceous system, which contains structure dating back more than 145 million years.
“The difficulty of building the drilling project can be compared to a large truck traveling on two thin steel cables,” Sun Jinsheng, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told Xinhua.
In 2021, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the country’s top scientists and called for a greater commitment to exploring the depths of the earth. The goal of the Beijing government is to find mining and energy resources in the deep layers of the planet.
In addition to economic issues, earthworks can help assess risks against environmental disasters and volcanic eruptions.
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According to the Economic Times, the deepest hole made by mankind is the Russian Kola Superdeep well, with a depth of 12,262 meters, and it was drilled over a period of 20 years.
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