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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 4 weeks ago

Is it possible to dig a hole from the US to China?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Not if you are going through in a direct line. The pressure would crush the hole before you even got to the mantle. If you go around I guess it could be done, but it wouldn't be worth it.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Perhaps, but the earth would probably whistle as it turns.

  • 4 weeks ago

    The earth has a molten core.

  • 4 weeks ago

    its been done and the hole is refilled

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Presently shovel handles are not long enough for the attempt to do that.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Depends. Are you sticking to the crust? If so, you can probably make it if you go up under the north pole. That's the best way to avoid active rift zones. Any other route and you run into subduction zones or the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It would be one seriously expensive endeavor, though.

    Now, if you suddenly develop the ability to go through the mantle, you'd have to turn significantly to reach China. If you dig straight through the core to the exact opposite side of the planet, you'll come up in the Indian Ocean.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Not with our technology

  • 4 weeks ago

    not with the technology that is currently available, no. It is theoretically possible, and could be done for a lot of effort and expenditure of money, but to what purpose? the deepest anyone has ever gone is about 11 km below surface. That is a scratch in the surface compared to what you ask.

    It gets right freaking hot down there, never mind the enormous pressures.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    A lot of rock to push through in that nearly 8000 miles dig, and considering that the core of the earth is molten, you'd need good air conditioning !!!!

  • alan P
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    A straight line hole would go much deeper into the Earth than anyone has dug to date so the answer is proably not. Contrary to popular belief digging straight down from any part of the US does not take you in the direction of China. The United States is more or less antipodean to the Indian Ocean.

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