Kopar Khairane
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China is drilling into the Earth's crust to discover new territories under the surface of the planet

China is creating a hole in the Earth's crust that is 10,000 metres (32,808 feet) deep.

The second-largest economy in the world, according to a study in Bloomberg, explores new territories above and below the earth's surface.

According to the official Xinhua News Agency, drilling for what is expected to be China's deepest ever borehole started on Tuesday in the nation's oil-rich Xinjiang province. China had launched its first civilian astronaut earlier that morning from the Gobi Desert, it was noted.

The story went on to say: “According to the report, the narrow shaft into the ground will penetrate more than 10 continental strata, or layers of rock, and reach the cretaceous system in the Earth's crust, which features rock dating back approximately 145 million years.”

According to Sun Jinsheng, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, “the drilling project's construction difficulty can be compared to a big truck driving on two thin steel cables.”

In a lecture delivered in 2021 to some of the top scientists in the country, it was reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping urged for faster advancements in deep Earth research.

According to the report, “Such work can pinpoint mineral and energy resources and aid in estimating the dangers of environmental catastrophes, like earthquakes and volcano eruptions.”

After 20 years of drilling, the Russian Kola Superdeep Borehole still holds the record for the deepest man-made hole on Earth, reaching a depth of 12,262 metres (40,230 feet) in 1989.

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