Hans Remembers- Sunday May 24, 1970. 50 Years Ago.

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  • When I was about 9 years old a friend and I started this project where we were going to dig a hole clear to China. We stopped at maybe 2 feet. I haven’t been back there in forty years I wonder if th hole is still there? Anyway the Soviet Union had more success in their project- on this day the Soviets began the drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole at a research station about the Arctic Circle outside the town of Zapolyarny. The project continued until 1994- by that time they had reached 40,230 feet below the earth’s surface- over 7 and a half miles. The borehole itself was only 9 inches in diameter. The temperature they reached at 40,230 feet was 356 degrees which was higher than they predicted- the drilling columns at that point had broken and they couldn’t drill any further.

Inside the locker: Jeff Zgonina
  • Jeff Zgonina who played defensive tackle for 17 seasons in the NFL for 7 teams was born on this day in Chicago.

4 responses to “HANS REMEMBERS- SUNDAY MAY 24, 1970-50 YEARS AGO

  1. One day when I was young, my sister, my brother and I started to dig a hole to get to China. We hit some red rocks about two feet down and my sister screamed, “It’s the devil” and we all ran away.

    • about two feet in- it started to get difficult… and of course if you run into the devil a good reason to abandon that project.

  2. What was their reasoning for digging that deep? Doesn’t the ocean go that deep in places? Somehow it seems “safer” if the hole is under water, but that’s probably an illusion… I think of “the breach” in Pacific Rim and get scared thinking about it.

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