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# Ocean Floor Crust Wound to Be Explored

#### Zonk posted about 7 years ago | from eldavojohn

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eldavojohn writes "A group of scientists are disembarking right now to study an open gash in the ocean floor where earth's mantle lays exposed without any crust covering it. The scientists describe this as the result of the mantle moving too quickly for the crust to keep up. Either that, or the mantle was never covered by the crust and just has always been like this. From the article, 'Regardless of how they formed, the exposed mantle provides scientists with a rare opportunity to study the Earth's rocky innards. Many attempts to drill deep into the planet barely get past the crust.'"

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### It was that whore mermaid Aerial (-1, Troll)

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#### antifoidulus | about 7 years ago

she gave the ocean floor herpes!

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#### jjacksonRIAB | about 7 years ago

"Once you scrape the crust off and withdraw the mantle, you get to see Mother Earth's gash!" - Arial, after observing the phallic spire

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Come here little ocean, tell me who hurt you? Who put this crust wound on you? Was it the evil marine biologists, or the fishers? Or was it oil riggers? It was, wasn't it!! Come with me little guy, I can protect you! We have to get out of here!

### Gotta say it (2)

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#### Tablizer | about 7 years ago

The earth has it's own goatse area

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#### c6gunner | about 7 years ago

and, ofcourse, a bunch of nerds are gonna go stare at it.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Nothing like a nice, wet, open gash down below to explore!

I wonder what they'll find? Might be too deep for the little man in the boat.

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#### Khaed | about 7 years ago

Insert porno music as we go down on Mother Earth and "inspect" and "explore" her gash.

### Re:ohhh (2, Funny)

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I wonder why it smells like fish?

### Wake me (4, Funny)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Wake me when they get to the creamy nougat center.

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#### mrbluze | about 7 years ago

Don't they know that if you pick at it, it will never get better?

### disembarking? (0)

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bark bark bark

### Why hasn't a volcano formed there? (1)

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#### Apple Acolyte | about 7 years ago

One would have thought a volcano would form there, instead of it just staying in that exposed state.

### Why hasn't CRUST formed there? (4, Interesting)

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#### StarKruzr | about 7 years ago

I don't understand how [water (cooling agent) + magma (what the mantle is made of] != crust evaluates to 1.

### Re:Why hasn't CRUST formed there? (1, Informative)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

If i recall my school years correctly, the mantel is made of rock, not magma. In between the crust and mantle is the lithosphere (or whatever its called) that contains all the magma. I would assume that since crust hasent formed, there is no magma around there, which i would ask, why is that?

### Re:Why hasn't CRUST formed there? (4, Insightful)

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#### Bellum Aeternus | about 7 years ago

You're right magma + coolant (water) = rock. The mantle is a section of the planet, comprised of different materials than the crust. This an opportunity to look at those materials without having to drill do far. Trust me, not many scientists was to be looking at 2000 degree molten rock up close.

There's a lot of other cool things we can see while we're down there, like how the rock crystals formed under that kind of pressure and how fast they cooled. All kinds of cool things can be interpreted by the rocks crystalline structure.

### Wait, what? (1)

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#### StarKruzr | about 7 years ago

How can rock THAT hot (rock closer to the core must necessarily be hotter than rock closer to the surface) NOT be magma? Pressure?

### Re:Why hasn't CRUST formed there? (0, Offtopic)

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#### dwater | about 7 years ago

I think you'll find it evaluates to 'true'.

I hate all this 0==false/otherwise==true crap. It makes for some really unreadable code. Is it really that much more effort to make a boolean var with a meaningful name? I expect a compiler would optimise it out easily...

### Re:Why hasn't a volcano formed there? (4, Informative)

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#### dwarmstr | about 7 years ago

The mantle is a solid, albeit warm and plastic, material. It's solid because of the immense pressure the material is under. Brought up via plate tectonics, the material can melt as the pressure is released.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

So, do you think the water pressure at this location is keeping it solid, in lieu of a few km of crust? The article says it's about 3km deep.

### disembark? (3, Informative)

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#### mr_zorg | about 7 years ago

They are embarking, not disembarking...

### Re:disembark? (3, Funny)

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#### moonbender | about 7 years ago

Inflammable means flammable? What a country!

### Re:disembark? (0)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

While inflamable and flamable have the same meaning, disembark and embark mean different things.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Inflammable and flammable have the same meaning. Inflamable and flamable have completely opposite meanings. For example, this post is inflamable, while yours is extremely flamable.

### Re:disembark? (1)

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#### JoGlo | about 7 years ago

But inflatable and flatulence have DIFFERENT meanings!

### Re:disembark? (2, Funny)

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#### Tablizer | about 7 years ago

They are embarking, not disembarking...

So we're letting dogs sniff our crack, eh?

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#### The_Wilschon | about 7 years ago

They are disembarking from their port of origin, and embarking on a mission to study the ocean floor gash. The summary used the word correctly. s/disembarking/embarking/ without changing anything else in the summary would result in something that didn't make sense.

### Re:disembark? (1, Informative)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

To disembark means to go ashore, you can't "disembark from [a port]".

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#### CarpetShark | about 7 years ago

Either that, or they've arrived, and they're going for an EVA. The post is just ambiguous.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

To embark is to get on a ship, generally to go somewhere. To debark is to get off, usually after arrival. Disembark would seem to be better used to describe those who get on a ship but then get off before it sails. I know that this is not the actual usage of the word, nor is it likely to ever be, but I still dream...

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#### David Chappell | about 7 years ago

>They are disembarking from their port of origin, and embarking on a mission to study the ocean floor gash.

The first part of this sentence would make sense only if disembark meant to set out on a journey. It actually means to get off a barque which is a type of ship. It is frequently used loosely to mean to get off any ship or even any large conveyance. But it never means to set out on a journey.

The second part of the sentence is probably correct since they will most certainly have to get on a ship in order to visit the ocean floor.

### Re:disembark? (1)

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#### The_Wilschon | about 7 years ago

Well, you're right that I'm wrong, but you're not right completely.

The first part of this sentence would make sense only if disembark meant to set out on a journey.
"They are disembarking from their port of origin." -> "They are setting out on a journey from their port of origin." Ok, that would work. But that isn't the false meaning of disembark I really had in mind. I was thinking more like (first sentence) -> "They are leaving their port of origin." This also works.

The second part of the sentence is probably correct since they will most certainly have to get on a ship in order to visit the ocean floor.
Even if they were not getting on a ship, "embark" means, among other things, "To set out on a venture; commence". "They are setting out on a mission to study the ocean floor gash." I'm sure the word embark came from getting on a barque, but words do take on new meanings over the years, and embark certainly has.

But, the main point is that I had made up a false meaning for disembark. And you are right about that. I was taking embark to point at the future, and disembark to point at the past, like the difference between go and come. This works for embark, but not so much for disembark.

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#### Surt | about 7 years ago

http://209.161.33.50/dictionary/disembarking
(merriam webster online):

disembark
One entry found.

disembark

Main Entry:
disembark Listen to the pronunciation of disembark
Pronunciation:
\dis-m-bärk\
Function:
verb
Etymology:
Middle French desembarquer, from des- dis- + embarquer to embark
Date:
1582

transitive verb : to remove to shore from a ship intransitive verb 1 : to go ashore out of a ship 2 : to get out of a vehicle or craft

http://209.161.33.50/dictionary/embark
embark
One entry found.

embark

Main Entry:
embark Listen to the pronunciation of embark
Pronunciation:
\im-bärk\
Function:
verb
Etymology:
Middle French embarquer, from Old Occitan embarcar, from em- (from Latin in-) + barca bark
Date:
1533

intransitive verb 1 : to go on board a vehicle for transportation 2 : to make a start transitive verb 1 : to cause to go on board (as a boat or airplane) 2 : to engage, enlist, or invest in an enterprise
-- embarkation Listen to the pronunciation of embarkation \em-bär-k-shn, -br-\ noun
-- embarkment Listen to the pronunciation of embarkment \im-bärk-mnt\ noun

Please provide a dictionary reference for any further discussion of the meaning of embark vs disembark.
The slash summary is wrong.

### Disembarking? (0, Redundant)

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#### dmbrun | about 7 years ago

I think you'll find its embarking right now instead of disembarking.

### Dr Nick knows the difference... (-1, Redundant)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

"Inflammable means flammable? What a country!"
- Dr. Nick Riviera

### Disembarking? (0, Redundant)

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#### Makenai | about 7 years ago

If they're set to leave next week, wouldn't they in fact be embarking on this voyage rather than disembarking (as in from their research vessel)?

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#### Oktober Sunset | about 7 years ago

maybe they plan on swimming all the way there and are jumping off the ship into the ocean right now.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

It's good news-- it means they don't have to go, because they're already back! :)

### Thin Crust (2)

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#### Original Replica | about 7 years ago

Imagine if this had formed on land, say in LA...

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

It has silly.. just call 1-800-PIZZAJOE

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#### Opportunist | about 7 years ago

You say that as if it would've been a bad thing.

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happy thoughts.

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I'd vote for DC.

### Mid atlantic ridge? (3, Insightful)

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#### ruiner13 | about 7 years ago

Hasn't the mid-atlantic ridge always been there? How is this a "rare opportunity"? I don't think it will be going anywhere anytime soon.

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#### Tablizer | about 7 years ago

Hasn't the mid-atlantic ridge always been there? How is this a "rare opportunity"? I don't think it will be going anywhere anytime soon.

In B sci-fi, the portal *always* starts to close at an inopportune time. Thus, we gotta rush.

### Re:Mid atlantic ridge? (2, Insightful)

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#### Stormx2 | about 7 years ago

The wording is pretty terrible:

'Regardless of how they formed, the exposed mantle provides scientists with a rare opportunity to study the Earth's rocky innards. Many attempts to drill deep into the planet barely get past the crust.'

Barely get past the crust? So they do get past the crust? Then how is exploring this bit of mantle different from exploring the parts we've drilled to?

### Re:Mid atlantic ridge? (5, Informative)

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#### Mr2cents | about 7 years ago

A few months ago I was wondering how deep mankind has drilled, and found some interesting stuff. Basically, you should read "barely" as "didn't".

As always, when you think something's easy (make_small_hole(); while(1) { make_hole_deeper(); } ), it's just because your ignorance doesn't let you appreciate the problems, like the extreme temperature and pressure. For example, I didn't realize that the pressure compresses the rocks and when you drill a hole that deep, the rocks around it want to expand, causing engineering nightmares.

And while measuring the straightness of a hole seems quite doable (or put otherwise, I accept the assumption that there exists technology to do that), I still wonder how they can adjust the drilling direction.

Fascinating!

### Not just technical limits (2, Insightful)

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#### EmbeddedJanitor | about 7 years ago

If you read Robert Ballard's autobiography, or one of many other books on oceanography, you'll find that plate tectonics only started to become accepted as a credible theory in the 1960s, with many significant researchers still dismissing the theory in the early 1970s.

To put that in context: people had visited the moon before plate tectonics was widely accepted.

Since then there has been research, including drilling, but it is probably fair to say they mankind still only has a pretty fuzzy picture of what is going on. The limit is not just technical, but also political and funding limits etc. It is easy to get a big ego boost/career advancement from, or funding for some flashy work in space etc, but difficult to do so for digging a hole in the ground.

### Re:Mid atlantic ridge? (1)

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#### the_brobdingnagian | about 7 years ago

I think they mean "rare" as in there are not many PLACES you can find this. As opposed to there are not many TIMES you can find this.

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#### timothyf | about 7 years ago

Normally, even ocean ridges are covered by a thin layer of crust. What does come up is usually magma, which is not mantle material. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic_ridge

### Analogy (5, Informative)

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#### Renfield Spiffioso | about 7 years ago

MacLeod likens this process to stretching a person's skin until it ruptures, exposing the flesh underneath.
That's the most horrifying scientific analogy I've ever heard.

### Re:Analogy (4, Funny)

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#### MightyYar | about 7 years ago

You don't want to hear his analogy for a volcano - it involves a donkey and a chambermaid.

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#### fbjon | about 7 years ago

You don't want to hear his analogy for a volcano - it involves a donkey and a chambermaid.
...and a bathtub.

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#### Dunbal | about 7 years ago

MacLeod likens this process to stretching a person's skin until it ruptures, exposing the flesh underneath.
That's the most horrifying scientific analogy I've ever heard.

Not to mention the stunning implications - that the Earth is suffering from pemphigus!

### Re:Analogy (1)

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#### Opportunist | about 7 years ago

Wait 'til he explains volcanos as earth's pimples. And when they get clogged up and are about to rupture, they resemble...

Ok, I'll go puke now.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Wait 'til he explains volcanos as earth's pimples. And when they get clogged up and are about to rupture, they resemble...

John Belushi?

### yes mother... (1)

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#### noidentity | about 7 years ago

"MacLeod likens this process to stretching a person's skin until it ruptures, exposing the flesh underneath. That's the most horrifying scientific analogy I've ever heard."

He must have recently seen goatse for the first time and still suffering after-effects.

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#### Nutria | about 7 years ago

That's the most horrifying scientific analogy I've ever heard.

But quite accurate.

When I broke my hand, it swelled up so quickly that it made a roughly half-inch long tear in the skin.

Needless to say, once the pain meds kicked in, I was fascinated.

### Anti-Crust (4, Funny)

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#### RancidMilk | about 7 years ago

If you tamper with the anti-crust, you will get burned.

### Second-hand mandatory joke (0, Insightful)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

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#### NoseBag | about 7 years ago

Ia! Ia! AlGore! AlGore!

### Embarking (-1, Redundant)

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#### caluml | about 7 years ago

Shouldn't they be embarking on a mission?

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

yeah and inflammable means flammable... what a country...

### don't get too close (1)

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#### blakmac | about 7 years ago

the laaavaaa boat......

### I want to (1)

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### I prefer the Term (0)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

I prefer to refer to it as the "Axe Wound"

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Please do not anthropomorphize our planet. He really hates that.

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#### jimmydevice | about 7 years ago

That's SHE.

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#### jcr | about 7 years ago

Thats it, not "He" or "She", you insensitive sexist clod!

-jcr

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#### jimmydevice | about 7 years ago

I'd mod you up, but my points expired today. ( also posted )

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#### Surt | about 7 years ago

Our best evidence actually supports the earth is a she argument (e.g. probably colonized by mars microbes, surely a receptive act if ever there was one).

### The Gate (1)

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#### j00r0m4nc3r | about 7 years ago

Better close that hole up before the legions of nasty aquatic underworld ghoulies come pouring out into the world

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#### pla | about 7 years ago

Better close that hole up before the legions of nasty aquatic underworld ghoulies come pouring out into the world

Nonono, you have it all wrong - this will let scientists discover the LifeStream, so we can finally start building Mako reactors.

### Chacun a son gout (0)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

I say we brush the split crust with garlic butter so it develops to a tasty golden brown.

### Congratulations... (2, Funny)

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

It's global warming!

### Can't wait (3, Funny)

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#### Dunbal | about 7 years ago

Someone is going to use this as evidence of humans causing global warming in 5...4...3...2...

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#### jjacksonRIAB | about 7 years ago

Al Gore will not fall for your Jedi mind tricks.

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#### fuego451 | about 7 years ago

Well, there's always the chance cube.

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#### jimmydevice | about 7 years ago

or the time cube http://www.timecube.com/ Is this the genetic religosity thread, i'm lost in tequila and beer? Cop scanner: Thir'is is a large goat in the road. Cops removing equestrians from the roadway. Is a goat a equestrian?

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#### Opportunist | about 7 years ago

Hey, we already do enough for global warming, I think at least a little bit can come from the planet itself!

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Why was this marked as a troll when the very post before it was from one of those envirowackos blaiming global warming?

### We've made it through the crust? (4, Informative)

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#### Slippery Pete | about 7 years ago

"Many attempts to drill deep into the planet barely get past the crust." I wasn't aware of any drilling that has past the crust. The deepest I knew about was the Kola Borehole which only reached 12,262 meters. I understand drilling the seafloor saves us time and depth but I wasn't away of anyone getting through the crust yet.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

Moreover if you HAD drilled through the crust to get to the mantle, wouldn't you stop there because you had reached your goal? So what drilled hole WOULDN'T barely get through the crust?

### IGY - International Geophysical Year, 1957-ish... (3, Interesting)

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#### Nefarious Wheel | about 7 years ago

...and the beginning of the Space Age. There was an attempt to drill past the crust to the mantle in a spot where the transition came up fairly close to the Earth's surface, called Project Mohole http://www.nas.edu/history/mohole/. This referred to the Mohorovicic Discontinuity, or "Mohole". The IGY was an early attempt at an international cooperative effort in Earth studies.

The importance of this effort was underlined by the fact that Walt Kelly's "Pogo" sent it up. Since the event was a "year" of 18 months, Pogo suggested naming the extra months after foods -- Octoberry, Novemberry etc.

In a side note, the US response to Sputnik included a science payload named Nora-Alice 1, beacon transmitter for Discoverer satellite, which took it's name from a poem Pogo wrote in honour of the IGY. http://www.ece.uiuc.edu/about/history/reminiscence /space.html/ has a picture and a small quote down the column a bit.

So as you can see, drilling a hole in the Earth past the crust to the mantle inspired some of the first orbital satellites. Remarkable! Oh, and then there was LAGEOS, of course, but I'll let you look that one up.

### Global Warming? (0, Troll)

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#### friend.ac | about 7 years ago

C'mon.. How long before the tree-huggers and Al Gore find relates this to Global Warming and we're all doomed!

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#### vandan | about 7 years ago

How long before some fugly guy having a mid-life crisis puts a link to an online dating site in his signature, and gets marked as a troll in his first post?

### Re:Global Warming? (1)

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#### friend.ac | about 7 years ago

hahaha, I don't think 30 is having a mid-life crisis.. I run the site! :-)

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#### vandan | about 7 years ago

Yuck. That's even worse. And it's also ironic that you feel the need to refer to people with an understanding of current environmental issues as 'tree-huggers' when trees are pretty much the only thing you and your users could hug without getting slapped.

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#### friend.ac | about 7 years ago

i actually agree with the most part of the environmental debate - especially when it comes to the US and China and the lack of acceptance and moral responsibility towards the issue. I also agree as well with the scientific studies that planets such as Mars and Pluto have also shown unusual warming over the past 10-20 years. But I'm not interested in a flame war - and perhaps should have enclosed my statement in [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags.

### "...LIES exposed..." (1)

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#### Kapiti Kid | about 7 years ago

Hens lay eggs. They don't lay down.

### Last words heard from disembarked scientific team. (1)

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#### dwayrynen | about 7 years ago

"My God, it's full of lava!"

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"How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean." - Arthur C. Clarke

### Tough scientists! (2, Funny)

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#### Stephen Tennant | about 7 years ago

These guys are hardcore!

I mean, the last time I was invited to inspect an open wound in someone's gash, I ran.

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#### Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago

for the reco8d, I

### Obligatory "The Core" Reference (1)

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Col. Robert Iverson: People. Doctors Zimsky and Keyes? You guys are our resident geophysicists, so what do you make of this?
Dr. Conrad Zimsky: The mantle is a chemical hodgepodge of, a, variety of elements...
Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzelton: Say it with me: "I don't know."

### Smaht Remahk (1)

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#### bmo | about 7 years ago

"MacLeod likens this process to stretching a persons skin until it ruptures, exposing the flesh underneath. You take the crust and you stretch it and you pull it and pull it until it breaks, he said."

They found the goatse.cx guy.

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BMO

### Project wont finish... (3, Funny)

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#### ZeroExistenZ | about 7 years ago

They'll just run away in fear like the commies did :P

### "Abduction" by Robin Cook (1)

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#### meowsqueak | about 7 years ago

This reminds me of a book I read recently by Robin Cook called "Abduction" - about a civilisation of humans (who evolved independently from surface humans) who live under the sea - a place they call "InterTerra".

http://www.amazon.com/Abduction-Robin-Cook/dp/0425 17736X

Anyway, the plot is terribly contrived and the writing is bad, but it was strangely compelling and I just had to find out what happened at the end.

So just be careful you don't go and piss off an advanced civilisation with your undersea drilling!

### Mother Earth (1)

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#### flyingfsck | about 7 years ago

A gash? Well, now really, can't they afford the old girl some privacy?
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