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The $1 billion mission to reach the Earth's mantle

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This is when someone comes forward with a death star looking device and says..."Pipes are for suckers! Let me do it!"
 

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$1 billion isn't sufficient funds. Try like $30 billion.
 
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You miss the point, we start it with a shoestring budget and then run back to uncle sam like paupers in our private jets every time we need more.


All the while claiming that we are making republican jobs by hiring illegal immigrants and purchasing imported tooling.


Cigars and scotch are needed items out of the 15% petty cash allocation right?
 
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I'll undercut at $950m AND bring my own shovels.
 
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I see you there Ford, cmon, take the bait.
 

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Neva!
 
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Thought the Russians were already doing this?
 

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You miss the point, we start it with a shoestring budget and then run back to uncle sam like paupers in our private jets every time we need more.


All the while claiming that we are making republican jobs by hiring illegal immigrants and purchasing imported tooling.


Cigars and scotch are needed items out of the 15% petty cash allocation right?
You got this right!
 
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Im sure they didnt. Scientist are unreliable.
And they don't know anything too. Why I haven't seen no warming in the winter or cooling in the summer in a coons age.
 
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Aren't there untold mythical horrors in the center of the earth?

This releases the Titans.
 
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I hope they don't drill into hell.
 

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Yup, Kola Superdeep Borehole 12.2 km. However that record was beaten.* Temperatures at that depth reached 180 °C which made further drilling ... umm unpractical. They were really bored, lol.

*edit: nah, it wasn't.
[quote="From linked article on wiki]In 1983, the drill passed 12,000 m (39,000 ft), and drilling was stopped for about a year to celebrate the event[/quote]

That's quite the party.
 

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Personally I do not think that we could even make it to the core as the pressure and heat would turn anything we have to a melted gooey mass of useless crap. And even if they did manage to get there there is nothing to stop all that pressure from blasting through and creating a man made volcano! I do not see this happening at all really.
 
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That's quite the party.
They couldn't continue the project as the engineers got drunk and fell into the hole.
 

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If you read through the Wiki entries on these drillings, 6km is a nit if they can deal with the heat.
People have already drilled 10km (relative vertical) in 60 days.
It will be in the ocean though, so that's a bit tricky.

Re : Party
When TPU hits 100k members we should have a year long party. :D
 
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#21
Found some other stuff:

Geothermal gradient is the rate of increasing temperature with respect to increasing depth in the Earth's interior. Away from tectonic plate boundaries, it is about 25°C per km of depth (1°F per 70 feet of depth) in most of the world. The Earth's internal heat comes from a combination of residual heat from planetary accretion (about 20%) and heat produced through radioactive decay (80%). The major heat-producing isotopes in the Earth are potassium-40, uranium-238, uranium-235, and thorium-232.
So it's potassium-40, uranium-238, uranium-235, and thorium-232 to blame *shakes fist*
 
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I'd like to see more deep-sea exploration also, very interesting creatures in the abyssopelagic layer (4,000 to 6,000m) Xenophyophores, the largest single-celled organisms known live in the deepest part of the ocean.
 
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The lack of "drilling" jokes in this thread makes me question the sexuality of many.


I will start, I drilled their mom deeper than that last night.
 

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#25
Nooooo!!! Idiots. The earth is like a balloon, if you make a hole it'll be the end of everything.
That's quite possible. I don't think it would be the end of everything, but it would make for a cool TV show ... for awhile anyway.