Is it possible to dig a hole from the US to China?
- 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.
- HonestlyLv 73 weeks ago
Perhaps, but the earth would probably whistle as it turns.
- yesctyrLv 44 weeks ago
The earth has a molten core.
- 4 weeks ago
its been done and the hole is refilled
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- PhilomelLv 74 weeks ago
Presently shovel handles are not long enough for the attempt to do that.
- Atarah DerekLv 74 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.
- ArimatthewdaviesLv 74 weeks ago
Not with our technology
- busterwasmycatLv 74 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.
- Anonymous4 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 PLv 74 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.